Anti-Bullying for All, Not Just for Some!
- Anti-Bullying for All, Not Just for Some!
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2013
Foster City, CA - The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) has been re-introduced. S.403 was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The language of S.403, the 2013 version of the SSIA, does not prohibit bullying and harassment based on weight and height. It is imperative that SSIA be amended to include weight and height to protect all our children.
Multiple studies indicate that fat children are among those most bullied. NAAFA believes leaving any group without protection will remove protection for all and ultimately lead to the failure of the SSIA as a whole. The bullying must end!
Some Bullying Facts:
Children who are obese are more likely to be bullied, regardless of a number of potential socio-demographic, social, and academic confounders. No protective factors were identified. Effective interventions to reduce bullying of obese children need to be identified. [Lumeng, et al, 2010]
Bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University (Yale University, Office of Public Affairs, "Bullying-Suicide Link Explored in New Study by Researchers at Yale" (http://news.yale.edu/2008/07/16/bullying-suicide-link-explored-new-study-researchers-yale)
Teasing about body weight is consistently associated with low body satisfaction, low self-esteem, high depressive symptoms, and thinking about and attempting suicide. [Eisenberg, et al, 2003]
CALL TO ACTION
NAAFA asks that all concerned individuals write to your Senators and urge them to see that weight and height are added to the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA). It will take only a moment of your time and it can help change the lives of our children. Go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Search the listing by State to find the names of your U.S. Senators. Click on the link to complete an online form and ask your senators to amend the Safe Schools Improvement Act to include weight and height as protected classes. This is a very important step toward protecting children of all sizes. Thank you for making your voice heard!
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil 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, NAAFA
Email: pr@... Phone: 916-558-6880