It was stated on Today Tonight last night that there were Fat Acceptance activists calling for the sacking of Mia Freedman as Chair of the National Body Image Advisory Group.
I would just like to make it clear that I do not, and have not ever, called for Mia to be sacked/removed from this position or any other.
What I am asking for is for Mia to re-think her tone and method of reporting on extreme body sizes, be they they very fat or very thin. I am asking for her to be mindful of the power of her words, the position she holds in the public eye and the responsibility she has in her position as Chair of the National Body Image Advisory Group.
Ultimately I would like to see Mia as a spokeswoman for all women on the subject of body image, and to show compassion, respect, inclusion and understanding towards every person who has body image issues, regardless of their size and/shape, even when she finds their behaviour shocking or disturbing.
I am disappointed that it has been suggested that I or any of my fellow Fat Acceptance bloggers have at any point called for Mia to be sacked, or suggested that she be removed from any position, as this is simply not true.
I am proud of my work as a fat acceptance activist and still stand by everything that I have actually said about this issue.
I am also so proud of my fellow fat acceptance activists Elizabeth from Spilt Milk, Bri from Fat Lot of Good, as well as Dr Samantha Thomas who appeared in the Today Tonight and Herald Sun pieces today. What gracious, articulate, intelligent, inspirational, wonderful women I have to learn from.