Media Monday: Thank you for standing up to weight-related bullying


An open letter to Jennifer Livingston,

On behalf of the over 10 million people who suffer from eating
disorders in the United States, thank you for publically addressing
the issue of weight stigma and weight bullying.

We are a group of advocates from The Emily Program Foundation and we
have all been deeply affected by eating disorders in one way or
another. Some of us have battled eating disorders and are in recovery,
some of us have supported family and friends fight these devastating
diseases and some of us have had a loved one die as a result of an
eating disorder.

We commend you for not shying away from this issue. Your willingness
to publically address the severe harm that can result from weight
bullying is admirable. Your declaration that we all deserve to love
our bodies makes you a wonderful mentor to the millions of children
and adults who are teased about their appearance. The media attention
surrounding your reply also makes it evident that individuals can help
the public understand weight bullying is not acceptable.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your remarkable work.

Kitty Westin, M.A., L.P. and Emily Program Foundation Advocates
Advocacy Director
The Emily Program Foundation
5354 Parkdale Drive
St Louis Park, MN 55416