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Fat-acceptance has gone too far; mom wont allow her child to attend a nursery school because of t
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Her reason is outraging people everywhere. - photo by Lindsey Miller
Hilary Freeman, a mom from the U.K. is under serious criticism after writing a controversial article for The Daily Mail. In her article, she explains why she chose not to send her daughter to a nursery school, and people are outraged for her reasoning.

The controversial reason

She didnt send her child to the great school because the staff was overweight. Yes -- you read that right. She didnt want her daughter attending a school where her role models were obese, and she certainly didnt want her daughter to develop unhealthy habits there.

To start off her article, she writes, The nursery assistant was clearly a lovely woman: kind and great with children. But as I watched her play with my two-year-old daughter, I felt a growing sense of unease. She was only in her 20s, but she was already obese-- morbidly so. She moved slowly and breathlessly, her face flushed.

Was it really about her childs safety?

She explains that she worried for her childs safety-- wondering whether the nursery teacher would be able to have quick enough reflexes to save her daughter if needed. Its a valid concern, but her other reasons were not. In fact, they might be considered offensive to some.

Freeman looked around the room and saw that the other members of the staff were also overweight, and she wrote, I couldnt help worrying about the message this was sending to the children in their care: that being very fat is normal and -- when children adopt role models so readily -- even desirable.

She compared obesity to chain smoking

Freeman goes on to talk about how fat-positivity and fat-acceptance have gone too far. She notes that everyone, despite their genes or mental health, can achieve a healthy weight. She then compares it to smoking.

She says, If that nursery assistant had been chain-smoking, everyone would have condemned her. But as a public health concern, the only real difference between smoking and obesity is that you cant passively get fat.

She ended her article by saying, Discrimination is never good. But neither is obesity. So lets stop celebrating it, and instead offer a bit of tough love.

Be healthy, but dont fat-shame

While its important to stay healthy and active, that doesnt necessarily mean skinny. And, its never OK to fat-shame anyone, regardless of the circumstances. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin while working toward a healthy lifestyle.

Her daughter now attends a nursery school where the staff are all a healthy weight. Freeman has the right to send her daughter to whatever school she feels would be best, but that decision certainly shouldnt be based on how heavy the staff members are.

Moms, teach your kids how to live a healthy lifestyle. Teach them how to exercise, what foods will make their body function well and make sure they know a treat every once in awhile is OK. If theyre unhappy with their bodies at any point, help them make healthy changes until theyre happy with it. But most importantly, teach them to love and accept everyone, regardless of their size.
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