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Taking Hostages —

February 2, 2012

Alright people, listen up… you’re not getting any fresh content until you donate to our Big Fat Moneybomb, got it? We’re already halfway to our $10,000 goal (which means we’ve met half of the More of Me to Love Match) and I haven’t even finished my fucking oatmeal. Every dime above that $10k will go to an extended media campaign, whatever will fit our budget. So give what you can because in order to unlock the MOMTL Match we still need 1,000 donors.

Every penny counts, so head over to our donation page and keep pushing that total skyward. The children of Georgia are counting on us!

And once we unlock the MOMTL Match, we’ll release the fresh content.

I figured there was no harm in asking Strong4Life and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to pitch in some as well.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 11:54 am

    Shannon…. Thank you for all your efforts here and giving me a chance to be an activist with a donation to the advertising campaign in support of children who are bullied by our body image obsessed culture.

    • February 2, 2012 12:17 pm

      Thank you for being strong, Ivan, and for continuing to persevere in spite of the hardships you’ve had to contend with in your life. You’re a good friend and a great activist, and I’m proud to know you.


  2. February 2, 2012 2:05 pm

    Made my donation – showing the fierce fat attitude from the UK. Bullying is WRONG!!!!

    • February 2, 2012 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much, FierceFat AndFashionable! I can’t believe we did it by 3 p.m.! This is amazing!


  3. February 2, 2012 2:59 pm

    It is amazing it just goes to show the strength of feeling on this matter. I am working on a piece for my blog as I am a childhood bullying survivor – and when you read it you will understand whay I use that terminology. I just feel physically ill looking at these S4L adverts as it pushes bad buttons

    • February 2, 2012 3:13 pm

      May we use your post on the main blog? If so, post a link here when it’s ready. I can’t wait to read it!


  4. February 2, 2012 11:29 pm

    Fuck ya! Fierce Fatties FOR THE WIN! Donation sent (better late than never, right) and sharing this on my own blog.

  5. February 9, 2012 10:14 am

    Sorry, but you’ve got it all wrong – there is NO SUCH THING as a healthy obese kid. Chubby yes, obese not. While media body images are obviously wrong and distorted, you’re taking it to the other extreme by pretending that obesity is not a problem. It is – kids are dying of diabetes, liver failure and even heart disease because of it. What the hospital campaign is saying is right, and since there is probably no nice way to say it, they’re putting it in a way that addresses the issue.

    • February 9, 2012 10:48 am

      Welcome chicagoski,
      You’re taking the word of a single healthcare organization, but what about the others? An organization called Healthwise creates learning materials for doctors, like this one called “Screening for Weight Problems,” which is used by Seton Family Healthcare, among many, many others. In it, the authors essentially say what I have said in this post about weight being not as important as lifestyle. The weight screening document says, “If your child’s BMI has been high on the growth chart from birth, this may be his or her healthy size and growth rate. He or she may simply be bigger than other children of the same gender and age. If your child’s BMI pattern has suddenly jumped from a lower range to a higher range on the growth chart, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight. Your doctor will carefully track growth over time, watching for a change in the rate of weight gain. Your child may need counseling and other help to make lifestyle changes for a healthier weight.”

      This is a rational way to approach weight, and the one that I learned from dietitian Ellyn Satter, whose work with morbidly obese children has been incredibly successful without the use of diets or surgery.

      As far as the diseases, they are real, but they aren’t as pervasive as you, and CHOA, make them sound. I go through the data on these disease in this post.

      I substantiate all of my claims with research, chicagoski, and I expect the same of critics. If you want to present some data that substantiates your claims, great. But I’m not that impressed by “common sense” claims.


    • February 9, 2012 2:53 pm


      you have an opportunity here to look at fact based, evidence that contradicts what you have been taught to believe. there is a lot of information in the posts and links that Shannon provides to you above. You will have to be humble and brave to look at the facts that are being offered for your consideration. You will find that there is not science available to support your position or the statements you make in your post. If you re really interested in the truth here, bring us back the studies (published and peer reviewed) that you find that support your opinions. If you choose to continue to buy into the moral panic after all the evidence has been presented to you, then let us know what your reasons are. It is very difficult to consider information, facts, and well structured argument that invalidates what you have believed your entire life. Most folks can’t handle the truth because it requires some intense self realization.

      As Shannon said, if you have evidence and can site from where your facts come from, I am happy to look at what you bring in response.

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