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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO ADVANCE FAT ACCEPTANCE INC
December 29, 2010

NAAFA, is the civil rights organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination of fat people via advocacy, education and support. I have been on the board for 4 years and I am proud of what this organization has done for over 40+ years. We are the voice of those you find themselves voiceless, subjected to bullying, discrimination and harassment.

We are not an organization advocating to be fat, we are an organization advocating for fat people, who are entitled to a quality, harassment free life.

We organize an annual international convention, this past summer we organized the first Health at Every Size (HAES) Summit, with researchers from all over the world discussing their research and debunking the obesity epidemic and data based evidence that the traditional methodology is not the answer, the answer is embracing size diversity and encouraging healthy lifestyles based on quality measurements, not numbers on a scale.

We've revised our guidelines for therapists that have fat clients,that can be downloaded from our website. We're in the editing process of a Child Advocacy Tookit for parents, teachers, educators and others who work with children. We revising our guidelines for health care providers, which will be available via the NAAFA website.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen people become empowered as the result of attending our convention, attending workshops on health, advocacy and networking with other members and supporters. NAAFA helped me prepare for selecting a size-friendly physician by developing a healthcare bill of rights for fat patients that can be used to assist individuals in selecting a physician.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We're in the process of enhancing infrastructure to expand our visibility, continuing to develop alliances, encouraging people to become members of NAAFA, attended our conventions, write for our newsletter, volunteer their talents, work with civic leaders and legislators to support/write bills to add size discrimination and anti-bullying as a priority on Capital hill.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I am the director of programs and and co-developed NAAFA's Size Diversity Toolkit, the only one of it's kind. I co-chaired the first NAAFA Health at Every Size Summit.