Call to Action —
UPDATE: I have posted a sample letter which may be leveraged to create your own letter to the organizations listed below. And if you have a letter that you have written and want to share with the community, feel free to send to atchka at hotmail. Thank you!
In the past, we spent a significant portion of time flooding Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with phone calls, emails, tweets and Facebook posts attempting to shame them into submission.
The result? CHOA is digging in its heels with CHOA’s Chairman of the Board, Doug Hertz, writing a defiant Op-Ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Friday.This week, we stop attempting to shame the shameless. Instead, we are asking everyone who is outraged that these billboards continue to shame fat children to join us in requesting that professional organizations issue statements condemning Strong4Life’s ad campaign.We’ve already had some success with the following organizations and celebrities issuing statements condemning Strong4Life:
- National Eating Disorders Association
- Binge Eating Disorder Association
- Obesity Action Coalition
- Academy of Eating Disorders
- Dan Savage
- Alton Brown*
- Roseanne Barr
We intend to make that list grow.
But we need your help. We need you to write a letter expressing your disapproval of Strong4Life’s advertising campaign, then send it to some, or all, of the following organizations that have a vested interest in the conclusion of “Phase 1” of this disgusting campaign.
If you’d like to save time, make your comments and request general so that you can cut and paste to multiple organizations, or personalize your message depending upon the recipient.
Many thanks to Duckie Graham, who contributed the majority of this information, and Pattie Thomas for her suggestion of the ASA. If you have suggestions for other organizations or celebrities, please add them in the comments below.
First and foremost, we are trying to land two big fish: Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and First Lady Michelle Obama. Please send an email to her Communications Officer, Mary Beth Bigley, requesting that the Surgeon General speak out.
Mary Beth Bigley
Please send a message to First Lady Michelle Obama on Twitter
The following are in order of relevance:
Georgia Department of Human Services
Clyde L. Reese, III, Esq.
Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists
This one is slightly tricky in that no email exists. You have to fill in an email form by visiting this page and clicking the link circled in red.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Patricia M. Babjak
Eating Disorders Information Network in Georgia
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dr. Francis Collins
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. Thomas Insel
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Dr. Alan Guttmacher
National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Dr. John Ruffin
Pan American Health Organization (the American subsidiary of the World Health Organization)
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago
American Sociological Association
Professor Eric Wright
President and Medical Sociology Chair
Professor Paul Amato
Sociology of Family Chair
Professor Lisa-Jean Moore
Sociology of the Body & Embodiment Chair
American Psychological Association
Professor Suzanne Bennett Johnson
Public Interest Directorate of the APA
American Art Therapy Association
American Association of Suicidology
Dr. Alan Berman
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
US Secretary of Health and Human Services is Kathleen Sebelius
Eating Disorders Coalition
Dr. Lisa Lilenfeld
FEAST (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED)
Board Members Georgia Nurses Association
Chief Executive Officer
The following are the Twitter accounts for celebrities who I believe would be interested in supporting us. If you have a Twitter account, please help us get them involved:
- Kevin Smith — Smith defended fatties when he was booted from American Airlines, so will he stand up for fat kids as well?
- Roseanne Barr — The original Fierce, Freethinking Fatty. UPDATE: She retweeted a link.
- Rosie O’Donnell — Another Fatty original.
- Margaret Cho — Badass Fatty apologist.
- Neil Patrick Harris — The man seems compassionate and understanding. Why not?
- Joy Behar — The co-host of The View has spoken on the subject of eating disorders before.
- Nikki Blonski — The Huge star would be an ideal target.
- Sharon Osbourne — Ms. Osbourne has struggled with an eating disorder throughout her life and will no doubt understand where we are coming from.
- Miley Cyrus — Miley, and Demi Lovato, recently spoke out against bullying because of body size.
- Erin Matson — NOW Young Feminist Task Force Action Vice President. Not a celebrity, but she may be able to help us get NOW’s attention.
- Roslyn Brock — Chairman of the NAACP. Again, not a celebrity, but this is a more direct route to contact her.
Can you think of more celebrities whose attention we should get? Please add their Twitter account into the comments section and we will add them.
I will update this list constantly, and keep it stuck to the top of the page. This will be our Action Page until the Strong4Life ads end.
*Alton Brown’s support comes with the caveat that he wants to, instead, shame fat adults and the parents of fat kids. While I disagree with that stance, largely because of the reasons cited in today’s post on the social determinants of health, I am also willing to set aside these kinds of differences to achieve our primary goal of ending the Strong4Life ad campaign directed at children.