Mariano and Reed Added to the Ranks of Shame Police!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2013
Foster City, CA - When Dr. Connie Mariano and film critic Rex Reed made public statements criticizing the body size of Governor Chris Christie and award winning actress Melissa McCarthy, they both stepped way over the line and outside their job descriptions entering the ranks of the Shame Police. The Shame Police are a group of self-appointed, unqualified individuals that believe they are influencing the health of individuals by publicly shaming and embarrassing them about their body size. Reality check Connie and Rex; it does not work!
"Fat or thin, we all pay dearly for a culture that stigmatizes the diversity of human bodies. Surely the ethical path is to liberate us all from this burden, not to intensify it," states Deb Burgard, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorders Specialist and NAAFA Advisory Board Member.
NAAFA, a civil rights organization working for Equality at Every Size, wants them to know that fat shaming and public embarrassment do not achieve positive results. They are tools of the dark ages.
"NAAFA urges people to understand and embrace size diversity. We come in all sizes. You cannot determine a person's health, ability to do a good job or talent based on their body size." stated Peggy Howell, NAAFA's Public Relations Director.
Founded 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.org
For more information contact:
Peggy Howell, Public Relations Director
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)