State Apologizes for ‘Fat-Shaming’ To Encourage Vaccination

The Delaware Division of Public Health has issued an apology for a vaccination memo that some people believed was fat-shaming to encourage vaccination.

WBOC-TV reports that Delaware’s health department issued an apology following the controversy spurned on by the ad.

The since-deleted ad — which was shared to the department’s Facebook page — read, “Remember when you gained 10 pounds from stress eating? … You would have to run five miles a day for a week just to lose one pound of fat.”

The ad continued, “#GettingVaccinated sounds a lot easier. Protect yourself and those you love from the #Delta variant. #VaxxUpDE.” Following outcry, the agency pulled the ad from its social media page and issued an apology. . .

In a statement, a spokesperson for the agency said, “We have updated an early post promoting vaccination. We understand some were offended by the post and we sincerely apologize for our word choice. It was not intentional. DPH supports all activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle including exercise, eating well and getting recommended vaccinations.” (Read more from “State Apologizes for ‘Fat-Shaming’ To Encourage Vaccination” HERE)

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