The Biggest Loser / First Lady Protest

 

On October 16th, BingeBehavior.com and BEDA joined together to start a campaign to disuade First Lady, Michelle Obama from appearing on the Biggest Loser in November.

Our stance is that the show is stigmatizing, it promotes dangerous misinformation about health and that appearing on it would substantially harm the message that Mrs. Obama is trying to promote in both her Let’s Move and Drink More Water campaigns.  As such, we started a petition, wrote a letter, organized a sign-on drive, collaborated with Mental Fitness, Inc. to produce a video mash-up and encourage people to become engaged in the message that WEIGHT BASED BULLYING NEEDS TO STOP.

Over 3,500 people signed the petition in just over 1 week.  These signators represent the medical and mental health professionals provided support and leaders from the eating disorder community gave the campaign a voice and legs!  Together, we spread the word though social media and and our address book, some people even produced written posts.

Everyone did an amazing job, and together, we will continue to send the message that the First Lady can do better than to appear on a show that publicly sanctions  weight based bullying and dangerous eating/exercising behaviors.

The Letter

The Research

The Petition

The Video

The Calls to Action

The Posts in Support of the Plea

Letter to the Editor – Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, Founder BingeBehavior.com

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