google chat - halloweenA surprising controversey has popped up this Halloween. A woman in West Fargo has decided to deny overweight trick-o-treaters candy and instead give them a letter for their parents explaining why they should not be eating so many sweets. To her, this is a much needed public service, especially given the number of obese children out there today.  It's an outrageous move, to be sure, but is it a necessary one?

We talked about the hot button issue in this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout -- Check out the video and then tell us if you think this woman is really as wicked as she sounds.


As The Stir's writers and editors discovered, it's not such a cut-and-dried issue. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 30 years and with the rising number of kids being diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, it's clear we aren't doing enough to curb the problem. Of course, it's easy to take issue with this woman's method, but her message merits a serious discussion. Should obese children be given special restrictions when it comes to candy and treat-packed holidays? And if we do that, what emotional damage could that cause? Though what is clear is no matter the size of your children, healthy eating habits need to be encouraged. But the question is, how do we do that on Halloween and every other day throughout the year?

Do you think this woman's heart was in the right place? How do you handle all the candy your kids get for Halloween?