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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. (Be careful about the comments.)

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:


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.


Here's my STANDard.

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.

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Feb. 23rd, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
I did! In fact the reason I'm grinning like an idiot in the picture is that I just finished it. Here is the post I made about it (with a color version of the photo):


(and a picture of me and the scarf that shows more skin, for peeps on my friends list who like that sort of thing: http://firecat.livejournal.com/471891.html)
Feb. 23rd, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
I like this. I have a student who is working on a more general anti-bullying initiative but with a similar "I define me/bullies don't define me" theme (she did a pilot project for it in another class she had with me that made me cry), so I will show this to her so that she can have additional examples to reference.

Also, nice scarf!
Feb. 23rd, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
That's great! Thanks!
Feb. 23rd, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Fantastic idea, and great photo.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Yay! Go, Stef! This is really great. I made one, too.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Yes, yours is wonderful!
Feb. 23rd, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Another item on the list of "Reasons I desperately want to get out of Georgia."

*mutters*working on it. working on it*mutters*
Feb. 23rd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah...Not that this particular problem (fat kid bashing) is limited to Georgia.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
No, sadly, it's not. But it's the sort of thing that, when I hear it's happening here, it doesn't even surprise me.

I just decided recently that life is too short to live somewhere on the basis of inertia. I'm ready to live somewhere on purpose. (If that makes sense).
Feb. 23rd, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
It makes total sense; that goal is what brought me to the Bay Area. I hope you find a place where you can thrive.
Feb. 24th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
come to north california!!!
Feb. 24th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
i love that!
Feb. 25th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
yay, thanks!
Feb. 25th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
That's a fabulous picture of you.
Feb. 25th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
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