And I mean adore…
I think her war on childhood obesity needs to be…re-examined. She needs to make it clear that being overweight does NOT necessarily mean you’re unhealthy and that it’s okay to be fat. I think when you deal with kids especially, you need to reiterate that your body type is okay. Period.
There is quite a bit of body shaming and ableism in her ‘move’ plan that needs to truly be addressed.
Yes, having children exercise is a good thing, but for a great portion of fat people, exercise is nothing more than another reminder that ‘my body isn’t good enough because it is fat.’ And it completely ignores those who literally CANNOT move due to disability.
Not to mention the fact that there is little to no active involvement in helping nutritional access to poor areas. I’ve seen nothing in her plan mentioning eliminating food deserts.
Also, people need to be aware of the fact that the whole campaign was not created to make kids healthier but in response to a paper released by retired military generals called “Too Fat to Fight.” The whole movement is to make sure kids have the correct body type to enter the military once they come of age. This is also why there is a huge focus on low income communities, communities of color etc. Why she has spoken out about how “obesity” is a national security issue.
Basically it isn’t just about making kids healthy…thats just what they want you to think.
**BTW this is probably why we will never see her coming out and saying it is ok to be fat.
Oh and she has spent a good amount of time within the military to restructure their own food system. She has visited bases that have been able to lower the BMI of recruits while completely ignoring that someone in the military is 3 times more likely to have an eating disorder due to the really strict requirements about body size not ability. Many people are able to pass their basic training or requirements but not BMI standard. The thought of having someone with an ED in a warzone scares the shit out of me..
All of the above = Everything I have ever thought but never articulated. Aside from the military thing, I did not know that, and it kind of makes me feel pukey.