Skeptics Ask If the Obesity Campaign Will Have Backlash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) -- A new "Stop Child Obesity" campaign in Georgia
is winning some enthusiastic praise for attention-grabbing tactics.
But the campaign's billboard and online video ads have also
outraged parents, activists and academics who feel the result is
more stigma for an already beleaguered and bullied group of
children.

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance says
"Billboards depicting fat kids are extraordinarily harmful to the
very kids they are supposedly trying to help." The association is
calling for the billboards' removal.

The Georgia Children's Health Alliance, which created the ads,
says they're necessary to jar parents of obese kids out of a state
of denial that their children have a problem.

But for all the public support of efforts nationwide to curb
obesity, there's also a vocal and passionate corps of skeptics and
critics worried that widespread discrimination toward the
overweight and obese will only increase.


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