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Educational Film for Young People Addresses Body Image

April 26, 2013

The nonprofit program, Scenarios USA, has released a fictional short film called "The Tale of Timmy Two Chins" which examines body image, weight issues, and gender stereotypes through friendship, family, self-esteem, grief, and peer pressures, including bullying and shaming.

Teased at school for being “Timmy Two Chins,” Tim’s weight makes him feel unmanly and invisible. The story demonstrates Tim’s struggle to find his self-worth and serves as an educational resource for students. The film will be shown in schools across the country and includes a lesson plan.

"Scenarios USA has helped give a voice to young people experiencing weight-based bullying,” according to Rebecca Puhl, PhD, the Rudd Center’s Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives, who contributed her expertise to the film. “This film will help educate students across the country about this problem, and the importance of treating each other with respect and tolerance, regardless of one's body size."