NewsChannel5 reported it too : A woman in North Dakota threatening to give out letters to trick-or-treaters she deemed "moderately obese" instead of the more traditional Halloween candy.
But it seems now that may be a hoax.
It started when a woman named "Cheryl" called the
Morning Playhouse show on Y-94 in Fargo, ND, saying she planned to hand out the letters to fight childhood obesity. Later the station posted the letter, which they claimed was emailed to them.
the Forum , Fargo's daily paper, quickly noted that "faithful listeners of the popular Y-94 morning show" were skeptical. In part because the woman's last name was never released.
That was reminiscent of another hoax the same station pulled last year, which also featured a woman calling in without giving her last name:
Donna the Deer Lady .
In fact, the station has a history of such pranks, said Seattle-based talk radio show
host Don O'Neill on mynorthwest.com.
Either way, people would be right to get angry about a letter like that because "fat-shaming" creates body image issues for kids, who then become more likely to disorder eat, says
Tara Culp-Resslerat ThinkProgress.com .
So maybe, if it calls more attention to those twin dangers, the prank will have done everyone a little good.