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Hoax or not, Halloween "fat letter" prompts response

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Although the origin of a viral letter shaming fat trick-or-treaters is questionable, it is inspiring some positive response.

Earlier this week a North Dakota woman told a radio station she planned to give overweight children in her neighborhood a sealed letter for their parents on Halloween night.

It would read in part: "You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."

Health and fitness blogger Tony Posnanski decided to write his own version of a Halloween letter.

"Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays, Neighbor! Your kid is awesome and so are you. Take some candy," it reads.

Posnanski said he struggled with obesity as a child and doesn't like eating processed foods, but he still plans to give away Twix, Skittles and Crunch bars.

He believes it's not his place to judge a child and obesity is better solved by boosting self-esteem than making snarky remarks.

"Writing a letter and judging kids is much more unhealthy than any piece of candy she could hand out," he said.

The letter is now rumored to be a hoax, but Posnanski said his is not.

"Giving candy out is not promoting obesity. Giving apples out is not promoting health. Giving anything out is participating in Halloween," he said. "Halloween is not about the candy as much as the experience."

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