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The U.S Army Wants Your Candy?

Halloween came and went yesterday with more of a trick than a treat. As I waited for the children to come knocking on my door with fresh vegetables and candies, no one ever came. It was my first Halloween without ANY trick-or-treaters. At first I was thrilled that maybe this year would be different and kids were making better choices.

Then in the early morning hours today, I walked over to my local CVS to take a look at what candies they had on sale. I wanted to  see what was left. Much to my surprise, all the candies had been sold out. Apparently the kids are still getting their treats.

After my trip to CVS, I was stunned to hear that the National Group of Dentists was offering to buy back uneaten candies for a dollar a pound to be sent to our troops overseas. It just seems a bit hypocritical that these dentists want to protect our kids from candy, yet it’s OK to send them to our troops.

I find myself confused, unhealthy for kids but healthy for our troops?

Halloween: A Scary Time for Childhood Obesity

Halloween is around the corner and grocery stores have their shelves full of costumes and special treats. It is probably the worse time of the year for me because I have trouble finding costumes my size, I am afraid to go out because of the way I look, and I need to stay away from sweets.

Growing up it was my favorite time of the year: I used to get so many candies that they would last me for a month or two. I would even be happy when only a few trick-or-treaters would visit my house; it meant more candies for me!

Even as an adult, I would wait until the morning after Halloween to get all the half-off candy bargains. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, I followed the same ritual for most holidays. The years went by, the pounds piled up and I thought nothing of it.

Now that I have researched a lot about childhood obesity, I see things differently. I have this vision of candy companies filing their pockets with money, and weight loss groups and dentists happily waiting for their next client/patient.

I almost want to hand out small bags of fruits and vegetables. I have a few issues with that: One, it might be a joy killer to children who’ve been waiting for that day all year. Two, it might not be fair to fit children who exercise enough not to gain weight. Three, it might point out to heavy kids that they are “different”, thus ruining their holiday…

I am still debating on what to do. Let’s see what happens. If your children come back with loads of candies, make sure you monitor the quantity they eat and how much they exercise to stay out of trouble. If you’re coming back from trick-or-treating, I hope you walked enough to deserve these treats. 🙂

Trick or Treat safely and healthfully! Happy Halloween!