Below are a few examples of how a powerful coalition list anticipates and answers the toughest questions about your policy proposal.
Legislation to keep so-called “body-building” supplements out of the hands of kids will be more persuasive if the coalition includes representation from youth sports organizations, coaches, athletic trainers, etc.
Legislation to keep diet pills out of the hands of kids will be more persuasive if supported by youth-led organizations such as student government, scouting groups, civic organizations, youth empowerment groups, and others to demonstrate peer-to-peer youth support and leadership.
Legislation to provide incentives to businesses that do not use digital distortion in advertising and imagery, would seem more credible if supported by actors, models, photographers, and members of the communities whose images are most often distorted such as Black/African-American people, women and girls, and older people.
All of the issues in these examples should appeal to health care providers, especially pediatricians, eating disorder specialists, pharmacists, and the various specialties that deal with the effects of eating disorders – oral health, liver health, cardiovascular health, mental health, etc. Educators, parent advocacy groups and organizations that focus on online safety or digital citizenship should be natural allies as well. And, if you’d like to leverage the credibility and support of national organizations such as the Be Real USA, the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, Eating Disorders Coalition , National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, Academy for Eating Disorders, or STRIPED, just ask!