Halloween Humbug Refuses To Treat Overweight Kids

One woman has refused to give out treats to children this year under the grounds that children in her town are too over-weight to deserve them.

In a witchingly mean note, the woman, known only as "Cheryl", told a North Dakota radio station that she has detailed how she will not be giving out candy and sweets in exchange for trick or treats, but rather will be delivering the above note for parents of the children.

"I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just because all the other kids are doing it." She told WRIG in North Dakota, USA.

If she feels them to bear visible signs of having already indulged in a little too much of the sweet stuff (ie, if she thinks they're fat) she won't be giving out candy and encourages parents to limit their intake.

Never mind that she is taking the fun from a night of supposed festivity and indulgence, dress-up and ghoulish giggles, medics in the know have struck out at her, criticising her efforts to take the nations parenting into her own hands.

Nutrition expect Dr Katie Gordon told the same station that Cheryl could be doing more harm than good by sparking ‘major problems’ and possible eating disorders among vulnerable young people. Especially given the age of your average trick or treater, being estimated at between 5-11 year olds as the most popular age, this is a crucial time for mental development and kids are very impressionable at this time.
She added that it was wrong to judge a person’s health based on their appearance and even though a child is overweight, they could be healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise.
This is all well and good, but in the long run, what is one night of indulgence? It's not like we have Christmas... Or Easter... Or Birthdays... Your own or anyone elses...
Our advice? Brush your teeth regularly, take a walk once in a while and stop trying to parent other peoples children.

Words by Gemma Clark