Last week, several bloggers expressed their concerns about a childhood obesity campaign. The Strong for Life campaign in Georgia features bullboards depicting overweight children with shaming messages that many mom bloggers said they feel bullies and demeans children. It was a spectacular example of the powerful voices in this space, culminating Friday in an #ashamed Twitter chat that had more than 500 participants, almost 5,000 tweets and a Twitter reach of 23 million impressions.
First, Leah Segedie @bookieboo posted Shaming the “Fat” Kid is not Solving the Obesity Epidemic. Click to her post to see an example of an ad for the campaign (I opted to not keep resharing the image and refer you there to see it, and instead included an image here of a healthy activity for a family). She followed up with a post calling for a Twitter chat to discuss the issue in her post, #Ashamed Twitter Party and Petition for Children in Georgia. Ultimately, the campaign said they would love to have input from social media parents. If you are in Georgia and interested, complete this form.
There were also several other blog posts last week about the campaign (there were also some posts before this past week that don’t fall under this week’s edition, but Leah’s first post linked above also has a roundup):
- Mrs. Fatass posted #ashamed
- Lisa Johnson posted Childhood Obesity Billboards: Do They Help or Harm?
- Katja Presnal posted Act to Stop Children’s Obesity with Right Actions
- Lisa Frame posted #ashamed
Some other posts around the parent blogosphere include:
- Michelle from Honest and Truly posted Dear Brother: Little Notes from Little Miss
- Jamie of Mama, Mommy, Mom posted The Nine Circles of Parenting Hell: Part 1
- Danielle Smith of Extraordinary Mommy posted I Believe: “Be Yourself” Should be the Motto My Kids Live
What did I miss? Be sure to share a link to your post from this week. The only requirements are:
- You should be a parent who blogs
- The post must have been published between January 23 and 29, 2012
- You MUST use the permalink to the post itself, not your blog’s homepage URL
Add your post below (and feel free to grab the code to place the linky on your site if you would like):
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