NAAFA is a good gateway site on issues related to improving the quality of life
for overweight people. A non-profit organization, it has been working since
1969 to eliminate body size discrimination and provide overweight people with
the tools for self-empowerment through public education advocacy and a support
network. The "Kids Project" is one of several good sections. It shows
how to obtain school speakers and curriculum materials on body image and has a
collection of comments by kids after they heard some of these speakers. For
kids and parents, there's also a piece called "What Experts Say about Teasing
and Body Image."
The rest of NAAFA's rich site includes documents on the organization's policies
regarding weight loss surgery and so-called "Fat Admirers." An Information
Brochure section covers topics such "Airline Tips for Large Passengers,"
"Before You Start Your Next Diet," "Eating Disorders," "Joining the Size
Acceptance Revolution," "Dispelling Common Myths about Fat People," "The Fat
Activist Task Force," and "Weight Loss: Fact and Fiction."
This quarterly's online version offers plenty of information on getting
support, finding inspiration and becoming involved as a large size woman.
There's an interesting range of articles from current and past issues - all
dealing with "celebrating body acceptance" and the positive affect this will
have in romance, relationships and careers. There's also material on
helping children of all ages feel valued for who they are, whatever their size,
at the Radiance Kids Project which is found on their site.
This site updates and expands on what was in Size Wise, Judy Sullivan's
book which presented "Resources for Living with Confidence and Comfort at Any
Size." Some of the sections to explore include "Fat: The Last Safe
Prejudice?;" where to find special-sized clothing and shoes; and articles on
size acceptance. Each section has facts as well as some poems and prose.
There's also a table of contents to Sullivan's book, with a chapter excerpt
and, of course, information on how to purchase it.
Produced for size 14+ women, this site defines itself as "a place to speak
with experts, shop, learn more about fitness and entertaining, and locate
hard-to-find products and services." In the "Library" you can research
information for fitness equipment, size-friendly products and services. The
travel information area is for both men and women, with advice on how to book
an airline, get the right seat, and cars that are suited for large people.
tapes & transcripts .
frontline online .
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