Group tries to end 'fat-shaming'
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Obesity Action Coalition, based in Florida, has launched a "Ban the F Word" campaign, a nation effort aimed at ending fat-shaming.
The movement is anchored by an online petition that individuals are encouraged to sign, pledging their support to raise awareness of fat-shaming and put an end to it.
"Weight bias has long been accepted in various areas of life such as healthcare, entertainment and more," said Ted Kyle, OAC chairman. "With the rise of social media, a new trend has started in the way of fat-shaming. The goal of the OAC's campaign is to raise awareness of fat-shaming and encourage the public to support our movement to end it."
Developed in 2005, the OAC has taken on high profile weight bias issues such as, fat-shaming apps, a Tennessee insurer's IQ testing requirement for bariatric surgery, and ESPN's Britt McHenry's stigmatizing comments regarding body weight.
"The word 'fat' is most appropriately used as a noun. The fact that today we use it as an adjective and shame people dealing with the disease of obesity is highly unacceptable," said Melinda Watman. "As chair of the weight bias committee, I know individuals, especially children, are often targeted and shamed for their weight. Ban the F Word will raise awareness of this alarming trend and hopefully put a stop to its pervasiveness."
"Fat-shaming doesn't discriminate based on race, gender or socioeconomic status. We encourage all Americans to stand with us and end fat-shaming," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC's president and CEO.
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