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Fat Like Me: How to Win the Weight War
©2003

In this ABC News special—produced in conjunction with Rodale Inc., publisher of Prevention and Men’s Health magazines—nutritionists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other experts explore the causes of obesity, the physical and emotional damage it can do, and how parents and schools can team up to help kids improve their health. Also included is hidden-camera footage of a daring social experiment in which a slim teen, professionally made up to look obese, goes to school and experiences firsthand the abuse so often aimed at people who are overweight. A post-experiment discussion underscores the stigmatizing effect of intolerance while emphasizing the need for greater compassion. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. Correlates to the National Health Education Standards from the Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards and Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (40 minutes)



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Teen Experiment: Slim to Obese
A slim, popular teen is made obese with a “fat suit,” so that she can experience the alienation and humiliation felt by overweight schoolchildren. After the first insults, Ali questions whether she is secure enough to masquerade as an obese teen.