Shame, blame, and guilt never motivate. And in some cases they destroy. No child deserves to be exploited in this way.
If you agree, you’ll be interested in this effort spearheaded by Ragen Chastain of Dances with Fat .
To quote Ragen, “For the last 9 months, every single day, children in Atlanta have seen billboards, commercials, and signs at bus stops like [the ones pictured here]. If you are thinking ‘it’s not that big a deal,’ I want to tell you that, as a former bullied fat kid, I think it is a very big deal. The messages couldn’t be clearer. If you’re fat – you should be ashamed. If you’re not fat – you should be terrified of becoming fat because fat people are diseased gluttons by choice and it’s ok to publicly shame them.”
Ragen has put together a campaign to raise money to sponsor billboards and print media campaigns that present the Health at Every Size® perspective, to “show kids of all sizes that they are valued and respected.”
The goal is to raise $10,000 TODAY and she’s already well on her way. There’s a matching grant of $5000 available if they have 1,000 people sign on to the effort. So if you can donate only $1, you’ll be helping in a big way to achieve that.