I hate this ad campaign. “Let’s shame the fat kids more! That’ll learn ‘em. Especially the girls! Yeah, girls need to hear more that they’re fat. I bet they don’t know!”
Fuck off, state of Georgia.
I know if there’s one thing I didn’t hear enough growing up, it’s that I needed to lose weight! Thank heavens someone is finally telling kids the truth!
File under: worst public health campaigns.
Pretty much amounts to adults bullying and concern trolling kids.
these are meant to be for the parents theres a whole video thing. i like it. parents are feeding their children shit because its easier and their kids are getting fat. and maybe diabetes or heart problems etc. and a kid can try and watch what they eat but really. it’s the parents right to look after their child and make them eat healthy food, let them grow up healthy.
i wish my parents saw this because i am fat and i sure as hell didn’t pick and choose what i ate until i had the money to buy my own food and workout etc.
WARNING: this sign is telling the fucking truth deal with it.
lol you have no idea what you’re talking about.
this entire campaign is BRAND NU INFORMATION!11111
SHAME FAT CHILDREN!
fuck this shit, fuck any asshole who supports it
I wish my parents had made better choices for me, too. I still don’t support putting signs up that tell little kids they aren’t acceptable if they’re fat.
I saw an interview with someone spearheading this project, and I was screaming at the television. This is NOT the way to end heart disease and diabetes. There are systemic changes that need to occur from the ground up. Our food industry is FUCKED UP and KILLING US.
We can all make smarter, healthier choices with what we’ve got, but we can only do so much.
This isn’t the answer.
Body shaming CHILDREN isn’t the answer. And if you think this is going to inspire guilt and shame in parents only and the kids will be unaffected - you live in a fantasy world, and you should know that guilt and shame are the most poisonous emotions that can taint someone’s entire life. They are NOT powerful vehicles for change. They create fear and stasis in someone’s life.
Guilt is toxic, just like these signs.
To add on to these lovely comments, since I was previously just pissed and only on my phone, thus limiting my ability to properly act out on this pissyness, I’d like to contribute.
Just because these ads are “directed” at parents doesn’t make them okay. A parent who shames their child out of ~love~ or ~concern~ is still shaming them, and if they put into their child raising practices anything out of this fucked up campaign, they are guilty of shaming.
Imagine this. A mother watches this ad and is “touched” by its meaning. So, she goes home to her twelve year old daughter, who is perhaps “overweight.” Said daughter has already experienced enough bullying and torture due to her weight from her peers. Now, the mother thinks, “Well boy oh boy! Now I know how to fix my daughter’s problems!” and starts her twelve year old daughter on a “diet.” The daughter is probably going to be a hellacious mix of emotions. For starters, she is taught that the way to properly handle bullies is by adhering to their standards and “fixing” yourself so that you don’t get made fun of anymore. And she’s learning this from her mother, so since her mother wants her to changer her body too, clearly all the kids at school are right, and she is fat, worthless, and ugly. She goes on a “diet,” and a million things could take place.
She could lose weight. Children might stop bullying her (though this rarely happens, once kids have identified someone to pick on, they rarely stop for any reason) and she might develop a bit of self-confidence—but from what? Her newfound self-confidence isn’t discovered by loving herself as who she is, but rather loving herself for changing her body so that other people like her. Tell me now, is that “healthy”?
She could begin a chain of diets that are extremely unhealthy. There is nothing healthy about a diet anyway, and children need all the types of foods that diets typically tell you to stay away from. Diets operate by depriving your body of foods that it probably requires—if in small doses, sure, but a diet’s main goal is to get you to lose weight quickly, not keep yourself healthy.
She could become obsessed with her weight, if she’s not already, and this could transform into various and multiple Eating Disorders. Her health could dwindle, and again, I have to ask how “healthy” this is.
I’ve witnessed these things first hand. My step-mother is obsessed with my little sister’s (technically half-sister) weight. I once overheard her and my father discussing what they were going to put into the cooler for their road trip to the beach, and my dad mentioned soda. My step-mom said, “Don’t let -little sister’s name- have any of that soda. She’s been gaining weight this summer.”
I stared at her, dumbfounded. My little sister is twelve years old and a ”normal” weight, if not underweight. She is a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL little girl, and her mother is already shaming her for her weight—and has been doing so as long as I can remember. Fuck, the poor girl has been on more “diets” than I have in my lifetime.
I am terrified for her health. She’s gorgeous, she’s definitely “popular,” and her mother spends her time enforcing how much weight and looks are important—where on earth will this lead my little sister? She’s already expressed concern to me about losing weight, or gaining weight, and once as a younger child exclaimed that I had a “huge, fat belly!” and that it was gross, and that I needed to diet.
Campaigns like this, no matter who they are targeted to, are fucking harmful as shit. So you can take your defensive “it’s the parent’s responsibility to keep their kid ~healthy~!” bullshit and stuff it between two sesame buns and watch me eat it.
Who the fuck thought this campain was a good idea. =3=