136Does the First Lady Support Bullying?
- Oct 23 1:18 AMDoes the First Lady Support Bullying?FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 23, 2013Foster City, CA - NAAFA asks First Lady Michelle Obama to reconsider any plans to participate in another episode of The Biggest Loser to promote her Drink More Water and Let’s Move campaigns. Repeated appearances on The Biggest Loser imply approval of the abusive tactics for which this show is well known and in essence sanctions bullying, fat shaming and weight stigma."I am concerned that The Biggest Loser promotes short-term weight loss and does long-term harm to the bodies, minds, and spirits of many of its contestants and viewers--precipitating eating disorders, weight gain, depression, and weight-based bullying," states Dr. Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D., LCSW, author and NAAFA Advisory Board member.NAAFA invites the First Lady to sit down with members of the size advocacy, eating disorders and obesity communities to better understand the potential consequences of her choice to align herself with a program that promotes stigma and bullying.CALL TO ACTIONTo sign the petition created to oppose the First Lady’s appearance on The Biggest Loser, go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/first-lady-michelle-obama-please-do-not-appear-on-the-biggest-loser-and-instead-engage-with-the-advocacy-communities-specializing-in-weight-stigmaNAAFA opposes discrimination and bullying in any form. To learn more about NAAFA’s End Bullying Now campaign, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/EndBullyingNow.naafaFounded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.On the web: http://www.naafa.orgFor more information contact:Peggy Howell, Public Relations DirectorNational Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)e-mail: pr@... phone: 916-558-6880