The state of Georgia has a fearmongering ad campaign targeted at fat children. It's called Strong4Life. Here is an article about it from Paul Campos: Anti-Obesity Ads Won’t Work By Telling Fat Kids to Stop Being Fat
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It's unfortunately typical that efforts to support children's health via nutrition and movement are cast as "anti-childhood-obesity" campaigns. Although some people argue that there's a difference between being against obesity and being against fat people, a lot of people don't feel there's any difference at all. Such a campaign singles out children who are fat and who consider themselves to be fat and supports (intentionally or not) othering, shame, self-blame, and bullying.
There is a movement against this ad campaign and in favor of Health at Every Size
. One aspect of the movement is a series of posters with body-diversity-positive messages, here:http://istandagainstweightbullying.tumblr.com/
Another aspect of the movement is The Billboard Project, which raised money to purchase billboard and bus shelter ad space in Georgia for offering a Health at Every Size message.http://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/the-billboard-project/
Here's my STANDard. ( Collapse )
If you are so inclined, you can participate in the STANDard project by mailing your photo and words (beginning with "I stand") to marilyn at fatso dot com. She has a group of volunteers who are making the posters. You don't have to be fat to participate.This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/760879.html, where there are comments.