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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.

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Connecting and Accepting

There are a bunch of studies that prove that volunteering to help others, and maintaining a social network, are vital steps to promote happiness and ward off depression. For a lot of people these things are simple. Volunteering to work with their children’s school, or to help out at a charity drive – most “regular” folk are involved in some way. And this helps them also maintain a social network. But what happens if you are SSBBW?

You may find it hard – physically or mentally, to be so visible in public. You may not be able to help out and you may not have the wide social network you need to stay happy. But that’s where the Internet and online communities come in. You should never let your weight prevent you from trying to connect to people and using your computer is a great way to stay in contact.

Try and find chat rooms and support groups for people with your own issues. It doesn’t have to be weight-related. If you’re a sci-fi geek, then you should feel free to chat in a sci-fi way. If you’re into craft then find a craft web site. You need not mention your weight if you don’t want to – you are more than just your body size, and your hobbies and interests are still a vital part of who you are. These interactions will help you feel like you have friends in the world.

If you do want to connect with others who have issues with their size then search for websites that will allow you discuss your situation. Reach out for a support buddy in some forums – someone who you can turn to when things get hard.

You could also try volunteering in a way you are comfortable with. What about letter-writing campaigns, or phone calls to elderly people to check on their welfare? There are plenty of ways you can be involved in your community without fear of judgement. Use the Internet or call some charities to explore your options. The outcomes can be very positive if you are willing and go along way to helping you accept yourself as a positive human being.

Written by: Jody

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~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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~The Will of a Nation: Awakening the Canaadian Spirit
George Radwanski & Julia Luttrell

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