"The saving of our world from pending doom will come not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a non-conformist minority."

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

--Mahatma Gandhi

 

Tools for Educators, Organizers and Activists

Size Acceptance Resources

Whether you're looking for a single brochure to give a fatphobic relative, or setting up an information table for International No-Diet Day, or writing a class paper or a letter to the editor, or putting together a public presentation or a lesson plan, here are sources of some great materials that can help.

Largesse's International No-Diet Day site is meant to provide tools and ideas for folks who want to organize events and educational outreach. They also have some International No Diet Day merchandise--shirts, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more.

NAAFA offers a set of excellent (and reproducible) educational brochures on a wide range of size acceptance topics

The National Organization for Women Foundation sponsors an annual Love Your Body Day, and offers ideas for activities, promotional items, e-cards, and other resources.

NAAFA's Fat Activist Task Force has a wealth of information, links, and resources. Their FATF Alert List will keep you up-to-date on opportunities to fight anti-fat bias and discrimination.

Largesse offers a wealth of great resource materials, including t-shirts, buttons, pamphlets, and their Size Diversity Empowerment Kit, a double-pocket portfolio packed with non-diet and size activist resources to educate, enlighten and empower people of size and those who support them.

Money to Burn is a fun, attention-getting, and informative activity for an event like International No Diet Day. It illustrates how much money Americans waste on often-futile weight-loss products and gimmicks--and it gives them the chance to just cut to the chase and burn their personal share. You can download the reproducible Money to Burn flyer, the Diet Dollars master, and a Money to Burn ReadMe file that tells you what to do with them. If you need it, you can download the free Adobe Reader program required to read the files here.

Body Positive has "Body Disparagement-Free Zone" door hangers to provoke discussion in your home, residence hall, or workplace. Their Activism Page has links to news and activist projects "boosting body image at any weight."

SeaFATtle is selling fat acceptance buttons, magnets and lunch bags.

The Venus of Fat Activism is a powerful statement available as a poster.

The City and County of San Francisco's Human Rights Commission has created these Compliance Guidelines to Prohibit Weight and Height Discrimination that could serve as a model for any political jurisdiction or organization trying to become more size-friendly.

The Council on Size & Weight Discrimination sponsored a symposium on Leadership Training for Fat Activists as part of the FatGala Conference in July, 1997. Several of the speakers have given me permission to make their excellent presentations available here:

Fat Activism: What Works by Miriam Berg

Dealing with the Media by Miriam Berg

K Through Adult: How to Make Presentations to All Age Groups by Cathi Rodgveller

Medical Activism by Lynn McAfee

In response to the death of Christina Corrigan, FAT!SO?'s Marilyn Wann posted this message to the fat-acceptance listserv about speaking to school kids about fat acceptance.

The Society for Nutrition Education has a resource list for both healthcare professionals and consumers, favoring the non-dieting, fit-at-any-size approach. Coming from a credible source and prepared by credentialed professionals, these materials could be very useful if you're trying to make size-positive changes in a company's or school's wellness program.

National Eating Disorders Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness and prevention of eating disorders. Their approach is generally size-positive. They make a direct link between our fatphobic culture and its relentless be-thin-at-any-cost messages, and resulting disastrous extremes that some people go to in order to avoid being fat (or just because they think they are). They offer some very good educational and promotional materials--posters, buttons, books, etc.

Canada's National Eating Disorders Information Centre has a series of very size-positive postcards, posters, buttons, magnets, and informational materials.

Rotunda Artworks has designed a line of shirts, mugs, tote bags, mousepads, and other goodies, featuring their fat-positive logos and messages.

For anyone else looking to expand the range of sizes they offer, here's a handy list of sources of larger-size t-shirts.

In response to recent school violence and hate crime incidents, the National Education Association is promoting this No-Taunting Pledge. It's their hope that schools will ask students to take the pledge, and to impress upon them how important it is to be tolerant and accepting of differences. They believe that accepting diversity is one key way to ending violence among young people.

Elizabeth Fisher has put together School's In!, a terrific website featuring resources and information for college students all sizes of large (and the staff and faculty who work with them). She has some good advice on obtaining the help and accommodations you need on campus, from accessible seating to graduation gowns to fit a supersize scholar.

Lynn McAfee is a longtime fat activist and an eloquent advocate for the rights of fat people. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid-1990's she wrote this eye-opening article for the campus newspaper on College, Chairs and 'Fat' Pride.

Harvard University's Project Implicit has a series of thought-provoking self-tests to examine hidden biases, including one on weight-related bias.

Assessing Your Attitudes About Weight and Size Acceptance is a tool that lets educators and counselors examine how their own feelings, beliefs and behavior may be impacting their students and clients. It was developed by Susan Kano and this version comes from NAAFA's brochure "Supporting the Physical and Emotional Health of Fat People through Personal and Social Change." You can download it here as an Adobe .pdf file. If you need it, you can download the free Adobe Reader program required to read the file here.

Supporting Size Acceptance describes how professionals can be a more effective allies and role models around body image and size acceptance issues. It was developed by Dr. Cheri K. Erdman. You can download it here as an Adobe .pdf file. If you need it, you can download the free Adobe Reader program required to read the file here.


General Resources

I've put together a page of Tools for Organizers, Activists, Educators, and Other Hell-Raisers that may be helpful in getting a size-acceptance group up and running, making it productive and fun, and planning various kinds of events and activism. These materials were written for a variety of organizations--labor unions, environmental groups, student organizations, businesses--but they contain a wealth of advice and guidelines that can help just about any group be more successful.

 

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