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Model Anti-Obesity Program Gets an “F”!
Arkansas’ weight loss centered programs for children have failed. NAAFA offers an alternative in a new groundbreaking toolkit that will help parents, educators and caregivers understand how to help without doing harm.
Arkansas was one of the first states to focus on trying to eliminate childhood obesity through a variety of interventions. In 2003, Arkansas Act 1220 was enacted, instituting programs that range from reducing junk food in schools and creating advisory committees to issuing BMI Report Cards. Despite their best efforts, in eight years there has NOT been a reduction in BMI levels.
Focusing on weight loss rather than health is a failing strategy. NAAFA has developed the Child Advocacy Toolkit to help educate the public on how these types of weight-focused programs can adversely affect children. It explains how Health At Every Size (HAES) takes the focus off weight and directs it to healthy eating and enjoyable movement.
This groundbreaking toolkit will help parents, educators and caregivers understand that all kids deserve love and respect regardless of their body size or shape. Every body is a good body. No child should be criticized for their body. Stop the bullying!
The NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit is available as a FREE download at http://issuu.com/
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
On the web: http://www.naafa.org
For more information contact:
Peggy Howell, Public Relations Director
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
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Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination. Our goal is for people of size to be accepted with dignity and equality and will pursue this goal through advocacy, public education, and support.