Dr. Tom Inge of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said,” no amount of tossing, probing questions or medications seem to do. If more stigmatization is supposed to be helping, that would seem antiethical and unethical.”
Daniel Callhan head of research of The Hastings Center just put out a new paper this week calling for a heavier push on obese people, fat-shaming, including public posters, “If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way you look?” Callahans approach is to promote public awareness and education and to curb the market of unhealthy foods to children.
First, promotion of unhealthy foods to children has been going on since the fifties every Saturday morning during children’s television programs. Now comes along cable and satellite television where whole television networks are devoted to children’s television viewership. Unhealthy promotion of non-nutritional foods run amok 24/7.
In what other disease are people “shamed” into getting treatment
Callahan calls for safe and slow incrementalism of fat-shaming being needed and does no harm. Since when is thrashing someone’s self esteem called help, it sounds more like a type of bullying. Safe and slow bullying is not a form of treatment to anything but for the person doing it’s ego.
Deb Burgard a California psychologist specializing in eating disorders told Today, “I don’t know what world Callahan is living in.”
Callahan a former smoker, saw the way smokers were treated by being shunned. Not being able to smoke in public places as a “working campaign” to increase public awareness and education in which smoking is not healthy. He says smoking is a behavior, being obese is not.
We beg to differ with you Mr. Callahan
Callahan wrote, ”It's time to approach our public health problem with an edgier approach?”
Today’s world order has gone off the deep end when it comes to obesity. It would seem that alcoholism and drug addiction carries a heavier price to be paid to the detriment of families, communities and society in general. No effort what so ever has been done to scale down the alcohol content in the alcoholic beverages being sold or reducung the strength of drugs in a pill to be sold by a pharmacist or given away at a doctors office. There aren’t programs being called on for alcohol-abuse or to step up the stigmatization by safe and slow shaming.
Wouldn't treating the body mind and soul be the first step
In a culture that promotes the body and the ” material world” it’s no wonder such dogma is prevalent. When culture one-by-one or as a whole, comes to the realization that a human being is a spiritual being with a soul and there is more to life than the ego-driven insanities, this ploy will stop dead in it’s tracks.
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