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ACCEPTANCE

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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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.


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My vision with this magazine is to let you know that you are not alone. There are other SSBBWs around the world with the same issues, thoughts, worries and joys as you have. Whether you have accepted your weight and love your body, whether you are actively working to lose weight or whether you want to get healthier and have more mobility but don't know where to start, you are not alone.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, have children or not, work or are unemployed, housebound or relatively mobile, healthy or have medical issues, you are not alone.

Let's band together and share our stories, our triumphs and our pain. Click here to view this months blogs.


Back to School - A Lesson in Acceptance

I have been blessed to be the proud mom of three children. My oldest daughter Ellen is grown now, married and a stay-at-home mommy to her 15-month-old son - and the best grandson in the world - Benjamin. My son William is 14, a tall and handsome freshman in high school this year. And then there's my baby - my Allison, who is 13 and just started middle school. And middle school anxiety is exactly what I want to talk about today.

When I started 7th grade, I was chubby, with big braces on my teeth, thick glasses, freckles and a really bad Lilt home perm given to me by my mother in our kitchen. I dreaded going to middle school; I just knew that I would be made fun of mercilessly by the other kids, all of whom would be way prettier and more confident than I was. I had completely convinced myself of this, and was in a blind panic about starting school.

On my first day, I ate alone in the cafeteria, had no elementary school friends in any of my classes, and was generally miserable. Everything I had thought middle school would be had come true - a self-fulfilling prophecy, I'm sure. But on the second day, I met Jane. Jane, who became my best friend, confidante and partner-in-crime - a role she still plays 30 years later! And once I found my "besty" middle school didn't seem so cruel anymore.

My sweet Allison experienced a similar amount of anxiety over starting middle school this year. She is 4'8, tiny and petite at only 68 pounds, with long blonde hair, pretty green eyes and a cute spray of freckles over her nose. What did she have to fear, I thought? I would have loved to look like her at that age! But her fear is her height - or should I say, lack of height. She is so small that people often mistake her for being a 10-year-old. She was terrified that she would be teased by bigger, taller kids.

Well, Allison is well into her third week of school and so far, none of her rampant fears have been realized. In fact, she recently received a new nickname from some of her new friends: fun-sized Alley! She loves her teachers and classes. She decided to join the drama club and even found the courage to audition for and won a part in the school's fall performance of "Spoon River Anthology". And she met Drea, her new besty, which has made her life a lot easier too!

Watching my cute, smart, sweet - and popular - daughter struggle with insecurity made me realize that no matter what we look like - no matter how others may perceive our luck at having something they don't, be it a thin body, lack of glasses, blonde hair, or height - we are all in our hearts insecure about something. I try and remember that point when I feel resentment towards someone who seems to have it all; they are just as insecure and self-conscious as me!

And since we all feel that way, shouldn't we work a little harder to be a whole lot kinder to one another? We are all going through our own personal battles at any given time. Accepting one another - warts and all - and finding the beauty in everyone just might make fighting those battles a little easier to handle.

Here's wishing all of you a school year filled with pencils, books, kindness and acceptance!

Written by: Angie Yoder


"You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

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