Blogger Sonni Abatta Takes Issue With 'Cheat Day' Lunch Box For Girls

The former Pittsburgh TV personality's latest post is getting a lot of attention

Andrew Limberg
February 12, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Sonni Abatta


Former Pittsburgh television news personality Sonni Abatta has made a name for herself in recent years since leaving the TV news business to focus on family and her love of writing.

The writer, blogger and podcaster now lives with her family in Orlando and her latest post is getting national and international attention.

While shopping over the weekend Abatta took a photo of a pink lunch box aimed at girls with the words in sequins “Cheat Day”.

Abatta says it “sickened” her to see the phrase on a girl’s lunch and her post goes on so explainin the post:

We scratch our heads when we see our little girls struggle with body image, with self-worth, with confidence.

We wonder, "Why do our girls worry so much about their bodies so young?" ... "Why does my five year old call herself 'fat?'" ... "Why does my middle schooler stand in front of the mirror and find all her flaws?"

THIS. This is part of the reason why.

Our world is telling our girls that it's "cheating" if they eat something that's not 100% fat-free and perfectly healthy. In turn, that tells them that self-control and denying herself is to be valued above all. And that if she dares to step outside of the foods that will keep her perfectly slim and trim, then she is by default "cheating" and needs to feel some sense of remorse.

Look, I'm not saying a diet of strictly sugar and chips is right either; but by God, why would a company ever pile onto our girls' already-fragile senses of self by making her feel as though she's "cheating" by eating something that's--gasp--not made of vegetables and air?

"You're overreacting!" you might say. To which I say, No. We are not overreacting when we ask more of the world when it comes to how they treat our girls.

Can you imagine a similar message directed toward little boys? For the record, I'd be equally offended... but I haven't seen anything that is aimed at making our boys feel bad about what they eat, or how they look.

So here's what I want to say, and what I will tell my girls. Girls--you are not "cheating" when you enjoy good food. You are not "cheating" when you eat pizza. You are not "cheating" when you have a cookie, or two, on occasion. You are not "cheating" when you live in moderation and allow yourself things that make you happy.

Girls--you are MORE than your bodies. More than your faces. More than your complexions. More than the clothes you wear and the things you buy and the other girls you hang out with.

Some have said that the lunchbox is part of a larger line of products that are aimed toward adult women, but Abatta says it isn’t a positive message for any woman.

Keep up with Abatta on her site, where she talks about motherhood, beauty and health, style, home and more!

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