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.