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NPR asks us about children and body size

National Public Radio (NPR) is a vast network of local and university radio stations in the US; partly government funded, partly supported through fundraising drives. NPR stations often feature programs that focus on classical music or jazz, and almost all carry the nationally distributed NPR news programs. It's the only radio news in the US that could be compared to the BBC in the UK or the CBC in Canada.

Right now, NPR news is running a series called Living Large; Obesity in America. So far this series has been lukewarm at best, only occasionally questioning common misconceptions or mentioning the possibility of fat acceptance.

Now they're asking the public how we think body size should be discussed with children.

NPR is working on a story about how adults - including parents, teachers, doctors, etc. - interact with children regarding health, weight and body image. Is there a child in your life who you've talked to - or avoided talking to - about these issues? Tell us your story here. Nothing you write will be shared beyond our newsroom unless you give us permission at the bottom of this form.

Here's the link.

I commented already; said that children should be taught that people come in different sizes and shapes, just as they have different hair and skin colors. I said that all children should be taught about nutrition and given plenty of opportunities for active play, but that children should never be singled out because of their size.

What do you think?

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withoutscene's picture
November 4th, 2011 | Link | Hmn

I swear I commented yesterday! Maybe it was eaten.

Anyway, I left a long bit of comments for them and really appreciate you posting this. Hopefully they will follow up on some fabulous leads/ideas we give them.

DeeLeigh's picture
November 6th, 2011 | Link | withoutscene- if you forget

withoutscene- if you forget to press the "submit" button after you preview the post, it gets lost. It's happened to me many times, and it's really frustrating.

Viola's picture
November 8th, 2011 | Link | Thanks for posting the link,

Thanks for posting the link, I filled out the questionnaire.

withoutscene's picture
November 21st, 2011 | Link | Did anyone ever hear from

Did anyone ever hear from them? Have they done a follow-up piece yet?

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