@Marilyn Wann’s, @I stand against weight bullying is an amazing response to Strong4life’s health campaign that is purposely spreading shame and body-hatred. showing young children that it’s okay to have hate towards your body. Health is also important, but do NOT bully anyone because of their size. The project is growing and creating change for people of all sizes. It is about health, enlightenment, and beauty.
As the girl that was always bigger than everyone else. I found myself trying to conform to societies mandated image of what I should be until I decided that being “size sexxxy” (notice the 3 x’s) is ok and it is ok to be comfortable in YOUR skin however much you have. I stand because no one should feel uncomfortable in their skin I embrace each curve and know its okay if you are not a size 2 just be healthy and comfortable with YOU. You are sexy, beautiful, intelligent, vibrant, and no one can change that.
As someone who was pretty heavy as a kid, I think about the way I would have reacted back then [to the Strong4Life campaign]. I really don’t like the billboards about missing out on a childhood, looking bad, etc. I think that because of these ads a lot of people will start obsessing over their weight at a younger age, when maybe they should focus on healthier lifestyle changes instead. Because I may have weighed 125 pounds at age nine, but I could have certainly out-swam my fellow fourth graders!
— Kate Summers (right, now 16) with Virginia Sole-Smith (left, Kate’s cousin/big fan)