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Ashley Heun was shocked when her 13-year-old daughter came home Tuesday with a letter from Southaven Middle School.

The letter, titled "Why Do Girls Suffer from Body Image?" explained that middle school girls have a negative body image and suffer from emotional issues due to their weight.

The letter read:

"We, the counselors of Southaven Middle School, would like to have an opportunity to offer some healthy literature to your daughter on maintaining a positive body image. We are also providing girls with shapewear, bras and other health products if applicable."

The letter gave parents the option of checking yes or no if they want their daughters to receive counseling and shapewear products.

"I had to read it a few more times, to make sure I was actually reading what I was actually reading," Ashley Heun told USA Today. "I mean, I was shocked, I was absolutely shocked. And honestly, I was angry."

Heun emailed the principal, John Sartain, to share her concerns about offering her daughter SPANX.

"My 13-year-old daughter. Shapewear. If my daughter begged me for shapewear, I would tell her no. I would be concerned about her if she even asked. Now I find out that you are ENCOURAGING her to wear it."

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Sartain called Heun on Wednesday morning to explain that the middle school received a donation of SPANX, bras, and other undergarments.

He said the lingerie distribution program had been canceled after Heun and other parents raised concerns.

Heun reached out to the news media to address her concerns.

"While I know they had good intentions, it was just very ill conceived," Heun said. "And I appreciate the fact that they want to help, because there are girls out there who don't have access to bras or other essential items, for whatever reason."

Heun said the decision to outfit her daughter in SPANX and Spandex should be made by her, not the school.
 

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Damian Lillard called out online trolls for poking fun at a viral photo of former teammate Caleb Swanigan.

The photo went viral because of Caleb's weight gain a year after he left the NBA. One Twitter user posted the photo along with the caption: "How the hell does one go from this to that in a year?????"

Damian took offense to the trolling. "If you're gonna post this shit with real concern then that's cool. But don't ask "how does one go from this to that", he's clearly having some real life issues."

Damian urged people to have sympathy because Caleb struggled with obesity issues his entire life. He weighed as much as 400 pounds as a child. And his father weighed 500 pounds at the time of his death when Caleb was only three years old.

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Caleb, 24, was a Portland Trailblazer for two years until he was traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2019. He returned to Portland in early 2020 and is currently a free agent.

The image went viral after Caleb pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in an Indiana courtroom on Monday.

He was arrested on Dec. 23 by a Columbia City Police officer who smelled marijuana during a traffic stop in northern Indiana.

Police found 3.4 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $3,415 in cash inside his car.

Caleb was given a 180 day suspended sentence with two days time served.

The former Purdue University basketball standout was voted Mr. Basketball in 2015. He was affectionately called "Biggie" by his friends and family.

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Cosmopolitan UK

Cosmopolitan magazine has come under fire for promoting obesity as healthy.

Cosmopolitan UK's February 2021 issue features plus-size women on multiple covers, including influencer Callie Thorpe and yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, under the headline "This is healthy!"

The magazine shares the stories of "11 women who prove wellness isn't 'one size fits all.'"

But social media users criticized the magazine for sending the wrong message.

Conservative activist Candace Owens slammed Cosmo for celebrating obesity in a Twitter post.

"We must fight to protect the next generation of children who are being intentionally targeted and brainwashed with lies.

Women can be men?
Men can be women?
And now—obesity is "healthy"?

NO, it's not. Clinical obesity is the main cause of the America's #1 killer: heart disease."

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According to Healthline, 36.5 percent of adults are obese. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers that can lead to preventable, premature death.

Obesity is expensive to treat

Obesity costs Americans $147 billion each year in out-of-pocket expenses.

All 50 states have obesity rates over 20 percent

Just two decades ago, no state had obesity rates over 15 percent.

The South has the highest obesity rates

West Virginia leads with 37.7 percent of adults overweight and morbidly obese.

Obese individuals miss more work

Obese workers cost employees more in lost production time and higher insurance premiums.

Obesity is largely preventable

The good news is obesity is preventable by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly. Obesity is beautiful when a woman's weight is proportionate to her height and bone mass, i.e. thick sistas.

Iman Jr

Here's proof that Teyana Taylor reads the blog. Teyana posted this image of her adorable daughter, Iman Jr.'s weight loss just three months after this post about overfeeding her baby.

If you recall, I wrote, "Somebody please tell Teyana that over feeding her baby may lead to childhood obesity. Read more about baby weight here."

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iman jr

Teyana Taylor posted this Instagram photo of her adorable daughter Iman Jr., named after her daddy, Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert.

Somebody please tell Teyana that over feeding her baby may lead to childhood obesity. Read more about baby weight here.

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Michelle Obama

Health food enthusiast Michelle Obama participated in an #AskTheFirstLady question and answer session on Twitter.com yesterday.

One of the first questions (which was surely pre-planned) came from a well-known President Obama impersonator who asked Mrs. Obama how many calories she burns when she turns up. "Turn up" is ghetto slang for get down.

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