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State of Georgia; The Shame is on You!


My BEDA colleague ,Chevese Turner, has started a petition to “encourage” the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to rethink their anti-obesity campaign. After viewing the ads (see the links in the post below), if you are as concerned as we are, please consider signing the petition. Here’s the link to the petition:



The State of Georgia is running a Stop Child Obesity campaign. Once again, the focus is all wrong. The focus, the criticism is all about the child’s body, rather than on any unhealthy behaviors that might lead to health risks.

“Shaming” would be word I would use to describe the state’s misguided tactics, aimed at parents. See what you think. You can watch all of the spots on the campaign’s website.  Click here http://www.strong4life.com/

Here, you can watch ABC’s coverage of the controversy (after the annoying commercial).

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Let us know what you think.


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com


  1. This is horrifying! The only thing kids will learn from this is how to feel like something is wrong with them – that they are broken, second- or third-rate beings not as “good” or “worthy” as everyone else. When you struggle to make changes to yourself to please the adults you love and respect, using partial or outright wrong techniques, these feelings only compound. That starts a domino effect of stricter dieting and harsher failures, leading to deeper pyschological and physical issues.

    Kids need to know they’re accepted and acceptable just the way God made them. If a kid is fat, it’s not likely the kid’s fault. Kids do not buy the groceries. So, either he’s mimicking habits of the adults around him, or he needs better coping skills to deal with whatever scary things are happening around him.

    My solution would be to make all the adults in the lives of these kids read and study Health at Every Size. Then I’d put all the kids in a junior A Weigh Out program…after a game of tag. 🙂

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Coach; A Weigh Out says

    Great advice! And I’d start by putting all the “experts” who think a campaign like this is the answer, into a room and not let them out until they “get it”…until they undertand that anti-obesity campaigns like these, that contribute to shame and even bullying, have great potential to do harm vs. good. In my opinion, both their ignorance of the multitude of complex issues that underly obesity…and their “size-ism” are showing.

    If shaming people into losing weight worked, no one would be fat! What a harmful way to waste 25 million dollars!

  3. They are on the wrong track. I’m a teacher and the first thought I thought when I saw this…bullying. GA is going to publicly sanction bullying and shaming these kids.

    Also, kids do not get overweight without the help of their parents and their school cafeterias.

    I like the way Michelle Obama is going about this issue, by emphasizing eating more fruits/veggies and exercising more. Keep it positive.

  4. Lakisha Smith says

    And it shames the parents as well. “My child’s fat, because I’m fat…” I really truly detest this. If they focused on health and not a size, they might find that what they are actually funding is not a campaign for the good of their citizens, but fuel for the next generation of people with mental and emotional disorders.

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