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Getting Tough on Obesity

AntiObesity

It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. There are any number of stats and studies that prove it, and if you look around while walking through your local shopping mall, you’ll see it for yourself.

In the past few years, any number of campaigns and outreach programs have tried to get the word out about the problem and included helpful suggestions for getting healthy, but so far, the statistics haven’t changed much. A new ad campaign running in Georgia, however, has gone a step further. The campaign features ads that depict overweight kids and teens and their families reminding people that “Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid” and similar messages.

Some people find the ads too harsh and unfair to people dealing with their weight issues, and have called them “bullying,” saying that they promote a climate of hate. Others call the approach tough-love, and say that the ads are harsh but think that it’s time to be harsh with people who might be in denial of their weight problem.

What do you think? Is it time for a tough-love approach to dealing with obesity? Or are these ads going too far? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think. Be sure to leave your name, age and state if you’d like us to use your response on the show. Don’t forget, if you have a webcam, you can also record a video with your opinion.

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