Excellent article on many of the challenges our children face when it comes to obesity. Although focused on African American children, as a former trainer I have seen these exact same challenges faced by many families. I love the closing paragraph….”The next time you see a politically incorrect “fat kid”…….give them a high-five. 🙂
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Being the fat kid will never be cool.
America is a skinny nation and an ad hoc committee on “acceptable appearance” has deemed that fat ain’t where it’s at and skinny is in. Media influences applaud the weight loss efforts of the rich and famous as their guant faces and emaciated bodies are flaunted on red-carpets. The recent exception was Gabrielle Sedibe whose round features earned her the lead role in the film, “Precious.” Personally, I remember her character’s story, not the actresses weight, but many others don’t share my reflections because bone-thin is considered socially appropriate, beautiful to some, and the cultural standard that’s adverse to being obese.
For African American children, this prejudicial outlook is a double whammy as they already suffer so many identity ills in their adolescence that fosters bullying, teasing, ostracizing, and low self-esteem. None of the latter are conducive to a population…
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