End the "Stop Sugarcoating" obesity campaign
  • Petitioned Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

End the "Stop Sugarcoating" obesity campaign

    1. Chevese Turner
    2. Petition by

      Chevese Turner

      Severna Park, MD

The "Stop Sugarcoating" campaign developed to address childhood obesity sends several dangerous messages to both children and adults. It shames children who are larger, reinforces social prejudices around size by encouraging weight stigma, and rather than focusing on healthy behaviors it uses bullying style advertising to encourage kids to diet and exercise. In short, the campaign traumatizes children struggling with their own feelings about size and may even reinforce their use of food as a coping mechanism. See the campaign here: http://strong4life.com/#

Public bullying of kids and adults because of size is not acceptable. The campaign does not consider that kids of all sizes are susceptible to eating disorders, which have the highest rates of mortality with regard to mental health illnesses. Public shaming is archaeic, dangerous, and inexcusable. Weight stigma is extremely damaging and studies show it actually lends to increased weight. The public health officials who designed this campaign should be embarrassed and do everything they can to stop this campaign. They also owe an apology to the citizens of Georgia and the entire country. The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) sponsors the National Weight Stigma Awareness Week yearly during the last week of September. We encourage public officials and others to read the information provided about weight stigma on our website at http://www.bedaonline.com/2011WSAW/index.html. We also encourage them to consider the risk/benefits of the campaign they have designed.  We ask you, CHOA, to stop sugarcoating your weight stigma, call a spade a spade, and do the right thing.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Help Us Stop the Georgia Childhood Obesity Shaming Campaign

      Chevese Turner
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed this petition and shared with your friends! The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), the originator of this petition, is partnering with ANAD (National Association for Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders) to call for CHOA to recall their shaming children campaign in a press release next week. We believe that a focus on health rather than weight and size is essential for children to grow both physically and mentally. Obesity rates are NOT increasing according to recent numbers released, but eating disorders are as a result of these types of campaigns. Just like obesity, eating disorders are genetically based and when combined with a toxic environment the prevelence grows. Lets focus on how we can actually help all kids, not just the larger ones, be healthy. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE THE LINK TO THIS CAMPAIGN VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, EMAILS, ETC. We want to make a significant impact over the next week.

    3. Update on the "Sugarcoating Obesity" Petition

      Chevese Turner
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone for supporting this petition. We are almost at the 800 mark and well on our way to reaching 1,000 signatures. I believe we can keep going after reaching 1,000 if we continue to let our networks know how important this is. Keep up the great work everyone. We will be submitting all of your comments directly to the Georgia State Legislature and the Governor's office as well as the CHOA itself.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Wow! Our Petition is Gaining Momentum Quickly.

      Chevese Turner
      Petition Organizer

      What a great outpouring of support for this petition. After only 24 hours we have over 400 signature. Let's keep it going so we can reach a number that will force the officials who designed and oversee the campaign to pay attention. Please use all of your contacts and social media to spread the word. We know that most people do not want children to feel badly about themselves and be bullied. This is the core issue.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. We're on our way!

      Chevese Turner
      Petition Organizer

      We've set an ambitious goal of 5,000 signatures for our petition "End the "Stop Sugarcoating" Anti-Obesity Campaign." Please help us reach this goal by signing the petition and sending it to others you believe will support the effort. THANK YOU!

    8. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • brianna itson ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i feel as they are appoarching the issuse wrong .

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    • Andrea K. Frankel NEVADA CITY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I know first hand that bullying and shaming ANYONE about ANYTHING does not change their behavior! We should be especially careful when it comes to children, who are so impressionable, and whose self esteem and sense of security can be so fragile.

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    • Jukita Holston THOMASTON, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Obesity campaign is unacceptable..!

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    • Emily Eisman FRAMINGHAM, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I feel very strongly about this. It is one of the causes I feel most for. No child should feel like their too overweight and these campaigns absolutely make children feel bad about themselves. It makes me feel bad. I don't believe anyone should ever ever ever be bullied because of their size. Ever.

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    • Valerie S. NEWBURGH, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      This is absolutely disgusting. Yes, childhood obesity is becoming a problem. But bullying (which is what this is, plain and simple) is becoming an even bigger problem, and people like this are at the very heart of why these kids are too scared to go outside and play. What person HASN'T been too embarrassed to exercise because of the people who make them feel shitty for their weight??

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