Oh em glee did! We want to share some awesome resources with you! We have more and more articles on the way! But, we wanted to take a second to tell you about NAAFA! Have you heard of it? NAAFA is the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.
Founded in 1969, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) is a non-profit, all volunteer, civil rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights and improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through advocacy, public education, and support.
NAAFA’s message of size acceptance and self-acceptance is often overshadowed by a $49 billion-a-year diet industry that has a vested economic interest in perpetuating discrimination against fat people. Without active financial support from people like you, NAAFA would not exist and could not fulfill its crucial role defending your rights. While it is an uphill battle to achieve our goals, together we are making a difference.
Why Should I Support NAAFA?
Fat people are discriminated against in all aspects of daily life, from employment to education to access to public accommodations, and even access to adequate medical care. This discrimination occurs despite evidence that 95 to 98 percent of diets fail over five years and that 65 million Americans are labeled “obese.” Our thin-obsessed society firmly believes that fat people are at fault for their size and it is politically correct to stigmatize and ridicule them. Fat discrimination is one of the last publicly accepted discriminatory practices. Fat people have rights and they need to be upheld
Their vision is a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life. Their mission is to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and support.
NAAFA has participated extensively in the public policy discussion and debate in mass media. We are a source of choice for comment on issues surrounding weight discrimination and its relation to current events. We are always available to offer comment, advice and information to members of the fifth estate regarding our areas of concern.
They are steadily moving towards our goal to become the go-to source of information and opinion for all media outlets. We have been and will continue to be participants in panel discussions, media events, news programs, and other public forums.
AND, they have an awesome plus positive conference coming up in June that we’re attending! Maybe even speaking at (fingers crossed- we’re trying!). You can check their website