6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying. Obesity Pride- Treat the Cause- Not the Results

     {  LaNiyah Bailey is  6 years old, and I tend to believe she  is changing the  landscape  of the obesity crisis. Will the food industry take her on? Will the media report on her ground breaking work? Will you, the reader give her story a tiny press of a  key, and send her work viral? She is a warrior, and she is standing up against the bully. She can do this all alone in isolation , or we can lend a hand.The choice is your's to make . Here is your chance to stand up along side a warrior, who has been bullied due to obesity.www.obesitythunderbay.ca # www.obesitythunderbay.ning.com #www.notfatcauseIwannabe.com#.  She will not go quietly into the night and her Parents deserve our respect and appreciation. Personally, I want to thank her Parents  for joining this site .They and I do not ask for money to carry the message of hope and dignity for all. 

 

  " Go ahead , make  my day !  I encourage  anybody from the media  and paid for science to challenge a 6 year old. This girl is a warrior, and she is breaking down fat stigma. I doubt very much that the media  is going to want to take her on."

 Just watch  her stand up for a generation of children.

 What can you do ?}

6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying


By Dawn Turner Trice - Chicago Tribune


 
CHICAGO — Children began teasing LaNiyah Bailey about her weight two years ago when she was in pre-kindergarten. She told me they called her "fatty-pants" and "big, fat elephant girl." Some kids said LaNiyah's distended abdomen looked like she was carrying a baby. One adult, a former day care provider, even called her "fatso."

LaNiyah's mother, LaToya White, said that although most adults don't say anything, many do stare when she and her daughter are in the grocery store.

LaNiyah is now 6 and weighs 115 pounds, about 70 pounds more than the average child her age. "People look at me like, 'What are you feeding her?' " said White, 34, who works for a property management company. "When we're in the store, they look in my shopping cart expecting to find a bunch of junk food. But she's always eaten healthy."
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MCT - 6-year-old author LaNiyah Bailey plays the board game CandyLand with her mother Latoya White and father Songo Bailey in Bellwood, Illinois on Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune/MCT)

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So, as this west suburban Berkeley, Ill., child finds herself at the intersection of a couple of hot issues — the country's epidemic of childhood obesity and the destructive effects of bullying — her parents are determined to make sure neither erodes her self-esteem.

White said that she and LaNiyah's father, Songo Bailey, first noticed their daughter was gaining an abnormal amount of weight when she was 3 years old. The family met with a nutritionist, who put LaNiyah on a strict 1,800-calorie-per-day diet. They also hired a personal trainer, but LaNiyah's weight continued to increase. She gained 30 pounds during 2009.

"The personal trainer said, 'Something is wrong,' " White said. "Outside of the training, she's a very active girl. She's taken dance classes, and she has a treadmill at home. And she runs around the house with our puppy."

White and Bailey took their daughter to doctor after doctor, and they blamed LaNiyah's weight on bad dietary habits.

"One doctor told me, right in front of LaNiyah's face, 'She's just fat because you're feeding her the wrong things,' " White said.

"She became so self-conscious that she doesn't wear jeans at all. She wears sweat pants, and I buy her cute tops. Or she'll wear dresses because she's a girlie-girl."

Medical problems found

Outraged and frustrated, LaNiyah's parents continued taking her to doctors until one ordered an X-ray, which showed LaNiyah had a swollen colon. Other tests have shown evidence that she may have a hormonal abnormality.

She now is being treated by an endocrinologist and a gastroenterologist.

"We want people to know that childhood obesity isn't always food-induced," said Bailey, 33, a firefighter.

Dr. Rebecca Unger, a pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital and a member of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, said it's unusual for children to be obese because of issues not directly related to overeating. But it does happen.

"By far, the most common cause of childhood obesity is the imbalance between calories in and the amount of energy expended," said Unger, who is not LaNiyah's pediatrician. "But even when a child's weight gain is because of medical reasons, the goal is to get it under control so there aren't other adverse physical and psychological effects."

'Not Fat Because I Wanna Be'

White said that while LaNiyah's health was her biggest concern, she worried about how the weight was affecting LaNiyah's self-confidence. So she and her daughter decided to write about it. The result is LaNiyah's new book, "Not Fat Because I Wanna Be," self-published by her mother. (Her Web site is www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com.) LaNiyah said it explains how the teasing made her feel. as well as how "you can't judge a book by its cover."

"I came home crying to my mom and dad when I got teased and bullied," said LaNiyah, who is an effervescent and cute little girl. "I want people to learn that bullying isn't cool to do to other people."

White said that when she talked with her daughter about what to put in the book, the way LaNiyah expressed her feelings broke her mother's heart.

"I showed what I had to the editor (whom White hired), and she said that we had to make it more fun to appeal to kids," White said. "But when I read it to my daughter, she said, 'I don't want it to be fun. It's not funny.' "

Proud father

Bailey said that when LaNiyah told him she was writing a book, he was surprised by how motivated and self-possessed she was.

"I started to cry because I knew what she had been through and I was so impressed with her," he said. "As a firefighter, I'm obligated to protect people and it doesn't matter what they look like. It hurts me that people don't have that same decency or kindness toward my child."

White said it's not clear what LaNiyah's future will hold in terms of her weight. She just wants her daughter to be healthy.

"Right now, her confidence level is through the roof," White said. "She told me she wants to be a chef, or day care provider or a firefighter like her dad."

White said she understands that we live in a weight-obsessed world. She said she used to sing in a group, and her record label wanted her to be super-thin.

"They make you feel like you have to be stick-thin," said White, who at 5-foot-6 weighs about 160 pounds. "At my thinnest, I was 120 pounds. I've learned to accept myself the way I am, and I want LaNiyah to accept herself, too, no matter her size."
 

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Children began teasing LaNiyah Bailey about her weight two years ago when she was in pre-kindergarten. She told me they called her "fatty-pants" and "big, fat elephant girl." Some kids said LaNiyah's distended abdomen looked like she was carrying a baby. One adult, a former day care provider, even called her "fatso."
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Thank you for supporting 6 year old, author/youth advocate against bullying LaNiyah Bailey!! Our family appreciates you!

Thank you so much for the support and love that you are showing LaNiyah...It is people like you, and web sites like this that makes us want to keep this movement going. Once we have all joined hands, together, we can hopefully put an end to bullying, and keep our kids from wanting to hurt themselves or others. For all you do, we thank you.

 

So very thankful

 

The Bailey/White family.

http://www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com/

 

  Just wanted to re send this out ,because I now have the correct  link.

   The link below will take you to LaNiyah's Fan Club  on our website.

 

 

http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/group/laniyahbaileyfanclub

 

 

 

 

  Does the media have a conflict of interest?

 How can they report on unhealthy food environments and collect  junk food advertising dollars?

 Should smokers become more active?

 How much junk food does your  pharmacy seel?

 Why don't we sell ciggarretes  at our pharmacies ?

 Does your weight loss surgery clinic  have candy machines ?

 What can we learn from the tobacco model?

 In Malaysia they are weighing children.Where are they going to get all the mental health professionals to deal with eating disorders?

"Fat stigma is really the last remaining acceptable form of discrimination."

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