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

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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  • by Voice of Reason Location: Florida on May 2, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    There's a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance? Our nation's over-eating and under-exercising are killing us. Why on earth would we want to accept that?
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      by HMA on May 2, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to Voice of Reason
      Victim mentality at its finest.
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      by Are you kidding me? on May 2, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to Voice of Reason
      I was thinking the same thing! Ridiculous!
  • by Surprised Location: leon county on May 2, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    Those elected need to remember that with 3/4 of America being over weight? They vote keep on picking there will be a price to pay.
  • by Max on May 1, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    fat people wont have the energy to fight back against anything
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      by Offended on May 2, 2011 at 03:24 AM in reply to Max
      Your remark is offensive and exactly the kinds of remarks those children put up with on a daily basis! Do people label you? Bad breath? Stupid? Lazy? Big Mouth? Rude? Crude? Ugly? Those billboards are the same thing as a bully on a playground except perpetrated by adults in BIG LETTERING for all the world to see.
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        by Max on May 2, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to Offended
        if you spent half the time working out that you do complaining you wouldnt be offended because you wouldnt be fat..
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          by OMG! on May 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Max
          Really? This is the best you can do?
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          by Offended on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Max
          I am not complaining, merely stating my opinion that that your remarks were offensive which of course you meant them to be. Because you obviously are a moron.
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      by Jen on May 2, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to Max it!
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