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Rayni believes people of all body shapes and sizes deserve equal respect and acceptance. Here are some of her comments on this issue, as recently published in a local newspaper.

Working Toward Fat Acceptance


I would like to add information to the psychologist's advice to the letter from "Overweight and Unhappy" (Life Matters, "Diets don't work for food addicts," Oct. 15).

Dr. Barge includes the phrases: "incredible weight problem," "epidemic of obesity," "food addiction."

Think of the negativity and shame society is laying on with terms like these. Dr. Barge states that the weight loss industry thrives because diets don't work and people keep trying them. Actually, the weight loss industry thrives because fat people are ashamed of being fat and keep struggling to be thin.

A growing number of fat activists are saying, "I'm fat and I'm fit and I'm proud." NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, has been working since 1969 to educate the public into accepting that it's possible to be fat and also healthy. NAAFA has done wonderful work in helping fat people accept themselves just the way they are. Once they accomplish this — getting beyond shame — if they still want to lose any amount of weight, it's not motivated by shame, but rather, freely, from a healthy self-image. On NAAFA's Web site ( they state that "(NAAFA) is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms. 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 suggest that shrinks refer people to a place where their fat clients feel totally accepted for who they are and not how they look.

Rayni Joan
Santa Monica
October 16, 2009

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