If you haven’t read Kim Brittingham‘s piece on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign, you really should.
When we frame our battle for healthier children as a battle against fatness itself, we’re merely proclaiming open season on fat people. We’re encouraging an already fat-prejudiced society to further demonize those who bear the fat – worst of all, the children who bear it.
Look at it this way. Let’s say you have a choice between:
a) standing up before a room full of children and encouraging them to exercise more, or
b) standing up before a room full of children and encouraging them to exercise more, and then throwing a handful of knives into the audience.
Why would you select b), unless you wanted to hurt someone?
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