Quote of the Day – Peggy Howell Edition

“When children of higher body weight hear we have to wipeout childhood obesity in one generation, for them those words translate to: we have to eliminate obese children. They hear: your body is bad. They hear: thin equals good, fat equals bad. They hear: your body is bad.  I believe that it was not the intention of the First Lady to cause more pain and suffering for these children, but I also believe that this is one of the consequences of focusing on reducing body size as opposed to improving health. Other consequences include: poor body image, body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, bullying, disordered eating, depression, lower expectations for future success, and sometimes even suicide.”

Nancy Howell,  Public Relations Director of  The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) on Michelle Obama’s campaign on childhood obesity. 

I don’t think anyone can deny that obesity is a problem in this country.  We are some of the fattest people on earth.  But, singling them out is not how you solve the problems.  This drives more tweens and teens to eating disorders.  It is hard enough for a child that has a problem with being overweight, the last they need is the school putting additional pressure on them.    Kids get picked on already for being fat, this whole thing has just made it worse.  I really wish that Michelle Obama had used her platform to keeping families together.  They have done some of that, but not nearly enough.  It is so needed in the black community.