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Review for National Association To Advance Fat Acceptance Inc, Foster City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

NAAFA is an all volunteer civil rights organization working to end the discrimination against people of size. Fat people are discriminated against constantly by employers, health care providers, institutions of learning, insurance companies, even family members and strangers on the street. Fat children are bullied and teased more than any other group of children. Losing weight is not as simple as going on a diet. If it were, the hundreds of diets on the market would have worked by now and there would be no more need for self inflicted starvation or body mutiliation through gastric by-pass or banding! NAAFA works to raise awareness of the discrimination and put an end to it through advocacy, public education and activism. Size discrimination touches all races, genders and socioeconomic levels. NAAFA's goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life.

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

When I found this organization, I no longer felt alone in my struggle for self acceptance. I found there are thousands of people out there just like me who have struggled to conform to society's idea of an ideal body size without success. Since I have accepted myself and my body, I have learned to eat intuitively. My weight doesn't fluctuate anymore, my health is good and stable and I experience a new freedom, no more need to conform to other's ideas of how my body should look.

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

I would try to grow the organization. I would add new board members, particularly a volunteer coordinator who could better utilize the many talents of our volunteers.

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How did you learn about this organization?

A convention ad in Dimensions Magazine

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Meeting with members of Congress this Spring to discuss the bullying of fat children.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ending discrimination against people of size.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I volunteer my time daily to assist people and raise awareness of the discrimination. Most recently I have been working on a child advocacy toolkit to help eliminate the teasing and bullying of fat children.