No Fat Letters Here!
It created quite a buzz when a woman in Fargo, North Dakota decided to pass out letters to kids who she thought were obese, instead of candy for Halloween. Parents all over the United States had their own opinion about the woman who thought that it was irresponsible for parents to give candy to overweight kids on Halloween just because “all the other kids are doing it.”
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is true that more than a third of children are facing weight problems. But a letter that rubs it in the faces of these children, given on a holiday that is made for children, is probably not the best way to tackle the problem.
But another woman has come up with a friendlier way to allow all the kids that went trick or treating to get healthy and help fight the problem of childhood obesity.
Dr. Micaire Baxter, a chiropractor from Hawaii, is inviting kids to come to her office Saturday morning, November 2nd, to “trade” their candy for sports equipment like footballs, tennis rackets and beach toys. The more candy that the child “trades in”, the better the prize.
Baxter says this is a great idea for several reasons. With the promise of getting better prizes, kids were encouraged to walk more in their neighborhoods to get as much candy as they could, which means more exercise. Also, with the “trade in” not until Saturday, kids have to use patience and moderation. But the main thing Baxter wants to emphasize is that ALL kids can “trade in” their candy….not just kids who might have a weight issue.