According to the Georgia Strong 4 Life childhood obesity campaign website, “Ignoring this problem is what got us here.”
It’s true that childhood obesity is a big problem, but you know what DIDN’T cause the childhood obesity epidemic?
Ignoring the problem.
You know what did?
- Income disparity
- Food deserts
- Fast food advertising
- The whole fast food industry
- Corn subsidies
- Policies like the one declaring that pizza counts as a vegetable in school lunches
- Lack of safe outdoor play space for inner city kids
- Video games
- Lack of funding for physical education
You know what this ad does?
Help families alleviate/prevent childhood obesity
- Blame this kid for being a fatty fat.
Know what blaming kids for being fat does?
Makes them lose weight
- Encourages a culture of fat stigma and fat shaming that fuels bullying
- Increases negative psychological, emotional, and health outcomes among overweight and obese children, such as low self-esteem, body image disturbance, eating disorders, and even suicide.
Way to go, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.