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Friday, February 3, 2012

S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Anti-Obesity Campaign

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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In a city where government leaders are proud to regulate your daily calorie intake, it's might be shocking to learn that there are fat activists here -- and they don't care how many Happy Meals you eat.

As our sister blog, the Exhibitionist, points out, a San Francisco fat activist has launched this unusual campaign to counter the public shaming of fat kids and obesity. The local effort is in response to an Atlanta-based anti-obesity campaign, which includes billboard showing mugshots of "chubby" kids stamped with blurbs about their grim future as adults.

But the local fat activist community feels these very sad images are hard to swallow; they are nothing more than a shameful form of bigotry. "It's time to take a stand and support developing healthy habits in kids of all sizes without stigmatizing fat ones, said Ragen Chaistain, fatosphere blogger.

The fat activist community has responded with a campaign of its own, Stand 4 Everybody, which argues that weight discrimination hurts.

Stand 4 Everybody's website asks supporters to donate to Chastain's Support All Kids Billboard Project, which raised more than $12,000 in a day to fund a counter billboard in Atlanta saying something like "Shame is bad for your health."

The billboard won't appear for another two to four weeks, but here's a peek:

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And there's nothing Supervisor Eric Mar can do about it!

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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