I am joining the #Ashamed Twitter chat tonight, 2-16-12, at 9PM EST. Honestly speaking, I am ashamed there is such a chat. I am ashamed this type of behavior is happening. I am ashamed that our children, the ones we are sworn to love and cherish, the ones we are sworn to protect, are subjected to the pain of living in such a cruel world.
The #Ashamed chat started as a result of the billboard shown above. It shows a little girl who is termed obese. The challenge is to remove these hurtful billboards. The goal is to fight obesity, not obese people.
I visited the strong4life.com website who I believe is responsible for the billboards. Short upbeat videos address the problem. I was impressed with Dr. Mark Wulkan of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta who said the solution to the obesity epidemic is for everyone who comes in contact with the kids. That was the only realistic part. I’m sure they mean well.
Mamavation.com had the whole story along with a video showing what children experience every day at home and at school. Some of the key points I lifted from the Yale University video are:
People living with weight bias experience:
• Low Self Esteem
• Poor Body Image
• Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior
What you can do:
• Be aware
• Educate yourself
• Avoid fat talk
• Include positive Role models
• Be sensitive
• Advocate weight tolerance
Learn more at www.yaleruddcenter.org They have so much great information.
If you don’t have time for any of this, take time to watch the video. I found the most direct link to be at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxzejNE0RT8 The title is Weight Bias at Home and School. We could also retitle it to be Weight Bias at Home, School, Work and Social situations. Smile, we can solve this problem together.
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