S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Atlanta's Anti-Obesity Campaign
|Anti-child "obesity" campaign or weight bigotry?|
Dairy Queen supports Atlanta's Strong 4 Life campaign, while Kaiser Permanente disclaims it -- isn't that a red flag? The fat activism community has expressed disgust with Atlanta's anti-obesity efforts, calling the ads a shameful form of bigotry.
"It's time to take a stand and support developing healthy habits in kids of all sizes without stigmatizing fat ones," said Ragen Chaistain, fatosphere blogger.
The fat activism community has responded with a campaign of its own, Stand 4 Everybody, which argues that weight discrimination hurts.
S.F. activist (and SF Weekly contributor) Marilyn Wann gave 10 autographed copies of her book Fat! So? and 10 specialFat! So?dayplanners to the first wave of donators.
Wann also began a photo series of satirical advertisements, the "I STAND..."
Stand 4 Everybody has formed boycotts against brands that support CHOA's campaign. The anti-childhood obesity campaign ironically accepts corporate sponsorship from Waffle House, Dairy Queen, IHOP, and Coca-Cola, among others.
The anti-fat-ads campaign encourages outreach to influential voices like Michelle Obama and health institutes to create awareness of the demeaning billboards. Seven supporters are listed on the website, including health organizations and Dan Savage, whose syndicated column runs in the print edition of SF Weekly.
"It's hard to be among the 1 million fat kids in Georgia," Strong 4 Life's ads say. Their campaign kids complain about being bullied for their weight. Once their schoolmates see a proclamation of their weight problem on a television commercial or billboard, what will happen? Probably more bullying. Right, Atlanta?