First Lady Michelle Obama: Please Do Not Appear on the Biggest Loser and Instead Engage with the Advocacy Communities Specializing in Weight Stigma
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be a featured guest on the show the Biggest Loser in November 2013. She is presumably using the show as a vehicle to promote the Drink More Water campaign in an effort to fight childhood obesity.
While it is admirable to promote the enjoyment of movement amoung people of all ages, the Biggest Loser is a platform that is inappropriate for this message. Due to the bullying, fat shaming, and mental, emotional and physical harm this show engages in, the appearance of the First Lady would be an implicit sanctioning of weight stigma and perpetuation of social injustice.
There is an enormous amount of support to be gained by allowing the vocal community of weight stigma advocates, eating disorders organizations, researchers and treatment professionals to help refine the Let's Move message in order to remove the dangerous, unintended aspects of the campaign and possibly promote the program.
Please help us to encourage the First Lady to utilize the compassionate and powerful community support of these professionals rather than the sensationalized, harmful platform of entertainment oriented shaming.