NAAFA produces a great selection of print materials that I have found beneficial over the past 30 years. Some are ideal for well meaning family and friends but the most important I have passed on to my healthcare providers. Medical bias about size has caused me to receive inadequate care and has discouraged me from seeking much needed healthcare. Just having a well written brochure in hand can make all the difference.
NAAFA changed my life forever. I heard about NAAFA when I was 18 years old. The doctor who examined me for college admission told me that because I was fat no one would ever love me, or want me. I would never be a success. Imagine saying that to an 18 year old. I felt miserable about myself. I went on yet another diet, to lose 30 lbs and eventually regain 60. NAAFA showed me that I could be a successful, loving woman no matter what I weighed. I met people at their conventions who lived their convictions, who were fat and happy. Without NAAFA, I couldn't have had the love and success in my life that I learned I deserved. I will be forever grateful for their example and guidance.
I've been involved with this organization since 2008. They're doing wonderful work in making the world better for fat folks.
Naafa is a place where I can be accepted for myself and not the size of my pants. I can be comfortable knowing I am accepted for who I am. A place where you can find support and advocacy. Until society as a whole stops bullying people who are fat or overweight than organizations like Naafa need to exsist. Fat discrimination is so accepted in our society today it is unreal. Thanks to Naafa, I have accepted myself for who I am and not the number on a scale.
NAAFA is a wonderful organization that fights for the civil rights of fat people. We wanted to have the same rights as every one person in America and believe all people should be treated equally. Equality for Everyone is our goal. The ability to be treated as others are and to have the same rights, job opportunities and freedoms as other people are all important to every citizen.
I have been a member of NAAFA for more than 10 years and a member of the Board of Directors for five. It is a marvelous organization that works for the advancement and protection of the civil rights of fat people. We believe that all people should have the same rights and priviledges the world over.
There is a huge amount of social stigma associated with being fat, and the anti-obesity campaigns and reporting in the media are enforcing it. While it's touted as being in the interest of health, what this actually does is to create a very hostile environment, in which fat people are harassed, ostracised and discriminated against. Additionally, it negatively affects all of society, by making people unhappy, scared of food, and making them hate their bodies. NAAFA does excellent work in this field, by trying to challenge the stigma presented in the media through consciousness raising, providing alternative information and engaging with the media. This type of work is rare, and desperately needed.
NAAFA has provided an activist voice to fat people for over 40 years. It seeks to end stigma, discrimination, and promote understanding that fat people are normal human beings, that diets don't work, and fat is not as bad as the media plays out. NAAFA also has an annual convention filled with fun activism, great networking, and fun parties.
I just celebrated my 6th year as a NAAFA board member and I am truly honored to be a part of an organization that is making a positive impact in people's lives. I have met members from all over the world that are supporting our efforts. I have been honored to see how the organization has evolved with revamping its focus on civil rights, advocacy and education by developing the Size Diversity and Child Advocacy toolkits, producing guidelines for therapists, health care providers, fitness professional and other resources, like the travel tips guide to improve the lives of people of size. We streamlined and enhanced our annual national convention with sessions on advocacy training and in 2010 instituted our First international Health At Every Size (HAES) Biannual Summit. In addition we've put in a scholarship program for Fashion Design Students and for undergraduate and graduate students conducting HAES research. We're forming strategic alliances, created a chapter toolkit, launched a End Bullying Now campaign. What can people expect moving forward? Enhanced website and communication tools, continued focus on building strategic partnerships and our on-going commitment to diversity and inclusion, more guidelines and toolkits, more NAAFA chapters and a lot more. However, we can't do this work alone, we need YOU!
My membership in NAAFA has helped me to accept and love my body. As a result, I now take better care of it.
NAAFA seeks to help those who are kept down and disenfranchised in our society for their body size or weight. They work tirelessly to include weight, size and height based discrimination under anti-discrimination legislation at the local, state and national levels, have regional, municipal and national chapters and organize individuals to feel empowered in their bodies and as equal as every other person. Their work is important, their efforts honest and their results inspiring.
I found NAAFA back in 1985 through a friend who was a member. My first convention was shocking to me - in the nicest way. Here was a place where I wasn't "the other", the person who stuck out like a sore thumb. I was fat, I continue to be fat, but I am part of a group of people who think I'm valuable, weight and all. My peeps. Out in the real world, I'm hated, feared, and considered to be an object of ridicule and target for hate-speech. NAAFA has worked in the real world to make strides in providing education for health care workers, airline personnel, and children in distress. They stand up for individuals who cannot speak for themselves. I no longer hate myself for my size.
I first joined NAAFA back in 1998. I have met so many wonderful people over the years and feel that my life is richer because of this organization. I love going to the national conventions and helping spread the message of "Equaility at Every Size." I am excited to see the direction NAAFA is headed and am proud to be a part of it. I can't wait to see the changes that will unfold in the very near future and look forward to a living in a world where people are accepted just as they are.
I've been a member of NAAFA since some time in the early 1980's. This is one well-conceived, well-run, courageous organization. Imagine believing that fat people have rights, that they aren't all ugly and unloveable, that they aren't personally trying to destroy American healthcare! Who wants to be part of a group like that? ......More and more people, and as time goes by, what they have been saying all along makes more and more sense, and is backed by more and more research. As a "client served," I can thank NAAFA for getting me thru some very tough times with it's events, media and communications, and continuing efforts to educate. As a concerned professional (psychologist), I'm grateful for what NAAFA has done to support good empirical research even when it threatens powerful interests, and again what their resources have done to help me empower my own clients. Most of all, NAAFA is an amazing community which strives to be open, open-minded, and accessible all the time. I've been on the inside of some huge well-know and esteemed US non-profits, and it's not always pretty on the inside. NAAFA tries to be the best that it can be, in healthy ways. Not perfect, but open and honest. Of all the great non-profits I could vote for, NAAFA gets my vote.
For me, one of the key benefits of NAAFA is that they provide spokespeople who go onto media platforms and stand up for people of size. They make others question their preconceived ideas and prejudices, and they do it with intelligence, grace, and humour, often in the face of extreme hostility and personal attacks. As a fat person who once lived a half life because of the belief that fat people are only worthy of respect and fulfilment once they become thin, it is the voices of NAAFA volunteers and others that made me realise that I had value as a human being no matter what I looked like. But they also provide instant advocacy to address injustices as they arrive, responding to news stories, corporate practices and changes in legislation. Despite being a powerful advocacy group, they deliver their message based on evidence and simple justice - they do not simply stand on their soapbox and shout at everybody. And they provide resources to help other individuals and organisations incorporate good practice into their lives and work, that don't involve accusations or judgments but simply provide good advice and explanation of the issues.
I think the work that NAAFA does in helping to raise awareness of Issues where Fat people are not receiving equal rights is outstanding. The level of dedication of the people who work for them is out of this world with many people working for the cause, including researchers, Fat positive nutritionists and fitness coaches, Activists, writers and Event organisers. These people work tirelessly to try to one day create a world where a person's shape and size does not dictate how they will be treated. I have many fat friends who have been subjected to bullying and also refusal of medical treatment because of their weight and/or size and I have found that those who work with NAAFA always go out of their way to help find solutions to these problems or at least offer friendly advice when contacted. Basically I think they do a fantastic job and wish I could do more to support them.
NAAFA is a national organization that really speaks to what I call human rights. We all have choices. NAAFA provides a strong & professional but yet personal support system for it's members. Having been a big guy most of my life, I feel that NAAFA provides a great educational system also for the general public - and allows for everyone to make choices without discrimination. It's leaders are some of the most dedicated people you will ever meet - full of passion and compassion - and always ready to jump in with help and support. I have worked side by side with them at their annual international conferences as a vendor and have seen first hand their dedication and committment at work.
NAAFA is an absolutely essential organisation in the current environment in which fatness is widely stigmatised and fat people are vilified purely on the basis of their body size. NAAFA has increasingly been active in advocating for the rights of all people to live in a society free of weight stigma, because weight stigma harms everyone. NAAFA's work is essential in bringing the voice of fat people to the table. I have attended a number of NAAFA conferences have seen first hand how their work is literally life-changing for many people. As a result of NAAFA's work, people realise, perhaps the first time in their lives, their wellbeing IS worth fighting for. That they are not trash. They are not automatically diseased. They are not destined to sit on the side lines. They can live full and happy lives. They can improve their health, no matter what their size. They can engage in society in full and meaningful ways. They can be alive, in every send of the word. NAAFA makes that happen.
NAAFA is the hub of the wheel to persons of size. Their board of directors, volunteers and supporters work tiredlessly to champion the cause of ending discrimination against fat people once and for all. When there is an injustice perceived against persons of size, they are generally the once who come forward first on behalf of those in the size acceptance community and work tiredlessly towards resolving, enlightening or educating the public to effect change. Discrimination against persons of size has many facets, many of which the general public chooses to simply look the other way. We must all work towards ending what many in the size acceptance community consider "the last acceptable form of discrimination". For this reason fat people need NAAFA to continue championing this cause and rallying the community as one. Please lend your support to NAAFA and let's end size discrimination, one confident fat person at a time. Thanks
NAAFA does such important work. It has been the most significant civil rights group fighting for the rights, dignity and well-being of fat people for over 40 years. With the escalating "war on obesity," NAAFA is a sane voice in the world, trying to temper the damage inflicted by a prejudice that, according to a study by the Rudd Center at Yale, has as much impact as racism on the quality of lives of fat people.