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It's time for media's attack on our bodies to stop. The Watchdog program gives us a powerful voice for change.
What to look for:
Protest: · Ads with a message or image intended to make people feel bad about their body shape or size. · Promoting thinness as only acceptable body size. · Shows or ads that make fun of heavy people or imply that they are inferior or unacceptable. · Idealizing people who are dieting or starving themselves. · People shown using food for comfort, stress relief, or companionship. · Emaciated models or actresses portrayed as beauty ideal or star of program. · Promoting fitness and exercise solely as ways to get thin rather than ways to get healthy, feel good, and have fun.
Praise: · Ads that have people of all sizes and shapes depicted in positive ways. · People eating healthy, good foods including desserts. · Celebration of natural diversity and enjoyment of life.
If you want to take campaign even further, write your own praise or protest letter to advertiser or media outlet.
Ruffle a few feathers and let them know that attacks on our bodies will not be tolerated and that positive diversity is appreciated. Tell them you won't be buying their products due to offensive advertising.
Be sure to thank companies for positive messages, too. Every little move in direction of healthy body diversity is great. Thank them for being part of a culture that appreciates health and all kinds of beauty.
href="http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ Click here to join Watchdog program and be part of bringing about positive change in world.
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