NAAFA is North America's oldest civil rights organization working to end size discrimination. Together, our members and supporters are advocating for equal rights for fat people, ensuring equality under the law and increasing public understanding of size discrimination. You have an opportunity to work with NAAFA as it continues to improve the lives of fat people at home, at work and in their communities.
Discrimination towards fat people in the workplace, education system, and healthcare system has been clearly documented and is growing rapidly. Weight discrimination was reported by 7% of US adults in 1995-96, and almost doubled to 12% by 2006.
***To improve working conditions, healthcare, and overall quality of life for millions of Americans, weight must be added to the list of categories covered in anti-discrimination laws. This can be accomplished on a federal, state, or local level***
Size Discrimination Consequences are Real!
-Creates medical and psychological effects
-Results in wage disparity
-Affects hiring and promotion
-Affects academic options and advancement
-Why Do People Partcipate in Size Discrimination? They Believe...
-Stigma and shame motivate dieting and other attempts at weight loss
-People fail to lose weight because of poor self-discipline and willpower
-How Does Our Culture Allow Size Discrimination?
-Sanctions overt expression of bias in social situations and through mass media
-Says thinness is desirable & perpetuates societal messages that obesity = failure as a person
-Places blame on the victim ignores contributing environmental factors
Pics from our 2005/6/7/8/9 NAAFA Convention and Fund raisers.