Thursday, October 31, 2013
◼ N.D. woman (named Cheryl) to hand out "fat letters" to obese kids during Halloween - CBS News
..."You (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season," the letter reads. "My hope is that you will step up as an adult and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."
Cheryl explained that she just wanted to send a message to the parents that their children had weight issues....
Some California and Massachusetts schools have also been accused of sending "fat letters" home with students. These notes include scores of a child's mass index (BMI), a height-to-weight ratio that is used by medical professionals to designate if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Other letters directly address if a child is overweight and obese, and include recommendations on how to help the child lose weight.
The practice has been discontinued in Mass. because of fears that the letters may cause self-esteem and bullying issues.