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While not a celebrated holiday around the nation, I believe the birthday of Margaret Wise Brown is one to be honored. Born on May 23, 1910, in Brooklyn, NY, she wrote over 100 books for young readers including Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. I have a special affinity for the board book edition of Goodnight Moon as I read it to my son before bed each night for four years (1,460 times if you are counting).

To celebrate what would have been her 109th birthday I re-wrote her beloved classic. The re-told version below includes a healthcare provider who does not demonstrate weight bias, something that should be part of everyone’s life. The OAC asks each of you to celebrate Margaret Wise Brown’s birthday by visiting the new OAC Action Center at ObesityAction.org/action-center and join us in taking #OACAction against weight bias during our Weight Bias Action Month.

In the healthcare providers room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of –
A field of vegetables growing under the moon
And there was a fact sheet listing
what is healthy to eat
And a BMI chart
And a piece of reproduction art
But there was no blame
And there was no shame
And a pen and a follow-up date and
a journal of what you ate
And a quiet patient who was whispering “weight”
Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight field of vegetables under moon
Goodnight light
And the red balloon
Goodnight fact sheet
Goodnight healthy to eat
Goodnight BMI chart
And goodnight reproduction art
Goodnight bias
And goodnight diets
Goodnight no blame
And goodnight no shame
Goodnight pen
And goodnight date
Goodnight nobody
Goodnight what you ate
And goodnight to the patient whispering “weight”
Goodnight stars
Goodnight air
Good night people living
with obesity everywhere

Katie Thrasher,
Public Outreach Associate
Obesity Action Coalition

 



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