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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 5:30 p.m. MDT

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sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

I did not notice on the note she is handing out where she placed her name, address and a phone # where the parents could talk to her about the "concerns" she has about their kids. Maybe instead of giving the note to the kids why doesn't she write down where the overweight children live and go pay a visit to the parents in person?

I am extremely obese. I am here to tell you there is a ever growing segment of this country who believe obese people are second class citizens. It's amazing what people say and how they act around obese people. When they do it to me I have no problem putting them in their place. It's hilarious to see the look on their faces when I stand up to them. Most of the time they can't believe it and they pipe down. All I can say to the haters is this, if you think obese people are weak and lazy then I invite any of you to strap 250 pounds on your back and come do what I do in a day. We will see who is weak and lazy then.

Why would I?
Farmington, UT

Why would I not be surprised to see someone use Halloween as a venue for their own political interest and then have the media pick up on it in such a manner?

Orem, UT

Treaters, not treators.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Yeesh. Skipping this house. Find some joie d'vivre, lady.

Syracuse, UT

I can only imagine what effect this would have on the children she decided in her "opinion" were moderately or obese. Some people are obese, or even have eating disorders as a symptom of something deeper - like emotional issues of people not accepting them for who they are. While she may think she has good intentions, I find it astonishing that she believes she has any place to give advice to parents on such an issue that can be very personal. Definitely see this blowing up in her face. If you don't want to be viewed as the bad guy, newsflash, then don't be the bad guy!

Draper, UT

I am always amazed at individuals who do not know anything about a person, and yet deem themselves able and responsible to give out unsolicited personal advice!!! you are CLUELESS, and yes, a bad guy! Live your own life! (and get one too!)! Soooooo sad!!!

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Obesity is a real issue in our society today. Passing out condescending letters on Halloween may not be the best way to address it.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm sure the parents are completely unaware of their children's health issues and need this stranger to draw their attention to it - not!

Farmington, UT

So, by handing letters only to the ones she judges to be obese, isn't condoning candy for the rest. Candy isn't good for any child, and can be just as damaging to a non-obese child, as an obese one. She hasn't really thought this through very carefully, from either a physical or mental health perspective, not to mention overstepping her bounds as a neighbor.

Find another cause!

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I don't want any one to be sad. I love the smiles I see, I like to smile back.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

If it happened in my neighborhood when I was a kid her house would have been egged, toilet papered, and confetti thrown inside the door whenever she answered it. She thinks parents are irresponsible but she is being unreasonable about how she goes about her crusade. Parents should picket her house on Halloween and present any children from going there. This woman will do more harm to the children's self esteem that she will do good to their eating habits.

Allen, TX

Is she likewise going to check their teeth for cavities, and send a letter home that candy leads to poor dental health?

Is she likewise going to do blood tests for diabetes, and send letters home about hypoglycemia?

Is she a doctor? Or just a judgmental busybody? Mote / beam anyone?

Laura M. Warburton
Huntsville, UT

Shameful. I hope she changes her mind. She will not help a single soul this way. She will cause emotional damage that will take time to overcome. Beyond that, how can she tell who is really overweight or not?

If I were a parent in that area, I would be at the doorstep with my children. The minute I saw a letter come out, I would refuse it. I simply wouldn't allow this to happen to my child.

My children are probably underweight and yet they still worry about weight. We place far too much emphasis on children's weight. In some cases, yes, it's a concern but certainly it's not the job of a neighbor to hand out letters to address it!

Let her hand out healthy snacks to EVERYONE. Problem solved with no shaming of anyone.

Salt Lake City, UT

This woman supposes she is extremely insightful and aware. She knows better than others how others should conduct their lives. She is taking it upon herself to tell them how to conform to her ideal. She would fit right in with the Obama administration.

Tallahassee, FL

I wonder how many fat kids are going to egg this lady's house tonight? I know I would if I got a fat letter from her.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Not saying I agree with what she's doing, but parents do need to be doing a better job. Considering more children/people are obese today than any other time, doing nothing obviously isn't the right answer. And yes, peoples obesity does impact all of us through much higher health costs.

South Jordan, UT

And we wonder why our young women have body issues. Shame on you.

Layton, UT

This is the reason why all trick or treaters should not leave home without a two-year old carton of a dozen AA grade eggs.

Spanish Fork, UT

Three day after her kidney transplant my daughter ballooned. She went from being extremely underweight to looking overweight, especially in her face and belly. If anyone would treat my daughter that way, I would have a hard time staying polite!

terra nova
Park City, UT

She's been this way since the house landed on her sister.

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