4 responses to “Being Fat In A World That Celebrates Size Zero|Fat Acceptance”

  1. Dawn Lennon

    A fascinating post, both your insights and Kate’s. This message of kindness for people, no matter their size or condition, is precisely what should drive our interactions with one another.

    I do wish that our society would spend more time on reducing sedentariness and increasing activity (not simply exercise), returning physical education and the arts in schools would be a nice start. Motivating movement, I suspect, motivates progress, productivity, creativity, ingenuity, interaction, and a realization that our bodies are our most reliable means of transport. Taking care of our “wheels” means that we will keep moving…and hopefully forward!

    1. Cherry Woodburn

      I agree Dawn. I know that I move less since doing more and more work on the computer. I can see where kids could easily getting hooked into sitting more than moving.

  2. Nancy Sayre

    I’m wondering what you think of Michelle Obama’s (who herself is naturally ultra-thin) childhood obesity initiative. I like that it’s health and exercise oriented, but I’m a little wary of turning the eye of the entire country against obesity in such a huge way, as though it (and by extension, overweight children) is Public Enemy #1.

    1. Cherry Woodburn

      Nancy,
      I’ve read some other comments on-line that express a similar concern to yours. THere could be some negative unintended consequences, but I think the main thrust is a good one: Movement vs. sedentary, educating parents about healthy food choices and accessibility to healthy food by bringing grocery stores or farmer’s markets with healthy food to urban areas that don’t have them.
      Unfortunately no initiative is perfect, and when the media chooses to emphasize the negative of this initiative, I hope we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

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