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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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Social acceptance of overweight individuals is very slow in coming. It seems to be the last acceptable level of discrimination. When someone sees an overweight individual they think of words like "lazy", "disgusting", "no self-control". They think we sit around eating junk food all day and blame us for how we are by saying "just eat less". But when they see someone really skinny (perhaps too skinny) they don't say "just eat more", they say "oh what a pity, that person needs counselling".

Social acceptance begins with each of us though. Before we can ask others to accept us we need to accept ourselves. This doesn't mean we have to like how we are but accept it. Be proud of who you are. When you are out in public, smile and hold your head up high. Show confidence. We are all beautiful and deserving of feeling comfortable going out in public.

Try your own experiment. Go out one day dressed nicely with a bit of make up on. Walk proudly and smile at people. See how they react. Another day go out in what I call "grumpy" clothes and walk with your head low and don't make eye contact with people. See how they react. Was there a difference? How did you feel abou yourself before and after each outing? Let us know the results of your experiment on our forums.

And don't forget - love yourself!!!

SSBBW Magazine is sponsoring a child...

World VisionMatetaThrough World Vision Canada, SSBBW Magazine is sponsoring 5 year old Mateta Nsimba from Democratic Republic of Congo. Mateta Nsimba was born the same month as our magazine (February). Mateta lives with her parents in a poor area. Her father is self-employed but his earnings are barely enough to provide for his family. Her mother stays at home caring for her family. As we receive updates on Mateta Nsimba we will post them here for all of you. If you want to help towards the cost of sponsorship or to help us purchase gifts for other communities in need around the world be it water filters, goats, or even soccer balls then please click on the PayPal button below.

Each month we'll list those who contributed to this great cause. If you do not wish your name to be posted please email us at Thank you.

October 2009 - Thank you to Mary C. for her donation of $20 towards our sponsored child.

November 2009 UPDATE - We received a letter from Mateta,

"Dear Sponsor,

Thank you for accepting me as your sponsored girl. I am Nsimba Mateta, I live with my parents, my brothers and my sister. I like eating chicken with rice and playing with my dolls. As I can't yet write a letter by myself, Mu. Lucien Pongo, member of the local structure of management has helped me but I make a drawing for you. How do you like it? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Your sponsored girl, Nsimba Mateta

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