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National Organizations:

Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (EDAP)
603 Stewart St., Suite 803; Seattle, WA 98101
Activism site:

(combined forces with:)
National Eating Disorder Organization (NEDO)
6655 South Yale Ave.; Tulsa, OK 74136

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa 
and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
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American Anorexia/Bulimia Association, Inc. (AB/AA)

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research Policy and Action
Family Action Council


National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance 
Box 188620; Sacramento, CA 95818


Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Inc.
P.O. Box 305; Mt. Marion, NY  12456


Body Image Task Force
P.O. Box 360196; Melbourne, FL 32936-0196

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Local resources:

If you are interested in a support group for parents/families of people 
with eating disorders, please contact Dr. Deb.

Check our Research Page for studies that may be of interest.

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Online resources


* = includes focus on families/parents

eating issues/body image/body empowerment:
About Face

Femme Revolution
Honoring Your Belly
Real Women Project
Renfrew Foundation
Something Fishy *
Eating Disorders Anonymous (NOT OA)
ADIOS, Barbie
I Am Beautiful
Positive Voices ED Newsletter *
The Eating Disorders Site at 
Close to You's Family Resource Network
Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness
Academy for Eating Disorders
Beyond Dieting
Overcoming Overeating
Fat Fairy Godmother
Gurze Books
"Dying to be Thin" Federal Congressional Briefing
National Eating Disorders Screening Program
Harvard Eating Disorders Center *
Dads and Daughters *
Healthy Weight Network
Body Icon: Fear and Loathing in the Mirror
Bay Area Model Mugging (BAMM)

large women:
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
Uniquely Me
Radiance Magazine
Bountiful Women
Bella EZine
Hugs International, Inc.
Facets of Fat

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Something Fishy  
Various live discussions for eating disorder recovery and loved ones
Overcoming Overeating  
Live chats Sunday evenings
Hugs, International  
Support for nondieters every Thursday at 9pm EST

Something Fishy  

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Fat acceptance: 
(see instructions on the page to subscribe)

Fat and fit:

Fat diabetics:
SUBSCRIBE fa-diab [Your email address]

Sleep apnea:

Fat dancers:

For men: 

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Children & Weight -

Skip to Kids/Teens' Bibliography


Skip to specific resources on Children and Weight Programming (below) 

Radiance Magazine's Kid Project
Articles on children/teens and weight: Experts, children's, teens' writing, parents' writing. Welcomes articles, essays, ideas from you and your kids and teens. Write to the editor,
Alice Ansfield, P.O. Box 30246, Oakland, CA 94604, or call 510-482-0680


NAAFA Kid's Project

Read comments from other students, get background info on bullying and teasing, sign-up to receive mailings and materials. Discussion works well in diversity or health class.   NAAFA is the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

Marilyn Wann, P.O. Box 423464, San Francisco, CA 94142, or call 415-921-5967

FOODPLAY Productions produces national award-winning live theater shows and videos for children and teenagers that deal with issues of nutrition, body image, eating disorder prevention, tobacco prevention, osteoporosis, fitness and media literacy. Our site gives information about our shows and provides resources for kids, parents, educators and nutritionists, and we are continually working to make it a valuable resource for adults and children on the issues our show covers.


Kids' Curriculum and Outreach Project
Miriam Berg, and Cathi Rodgveller,  Council on Size & Weight Discrimination, P.O.Box 116, Bearsville, NY 12409


Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (EDAP)
Tips for Kids
What Parents Can Do
Go Girls!
Body Wise Packet    800-628-8442 
Excellent info for creating healthy middle school environments. 


Nuturing GirlPower
Sandra Friedman's curriculum for girls
Salal Books
#309, 101-1184 Denman St.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6G 2M9


Resources for Fat kids


Hugs, International
Resources for Teens


The Body Positive  (The "other" [nonprofit organization] Body Positive)
See updated info about this fabulous organization!

The Body Positive was created in 1996 to teach critical thinking about our culture’s obsessive concern with thinness. We create innovative educational and media materials to prevent eating disorders, and promote healthy attitudes and high self esteem in youth.

BodyTalk, the first project of our multi-media portfolio, is a 28-minute video on body acceptance issues for adolescent girls and boys. Our philosophy in producing BodyTalk is the belief that the best way to reach youth is through the voices of their peers. BodyTalk features girls and boys who represent diverse ethnic backgrounds, and a range of socio-economic status and body size.


Purple's Big Beautiful Teen Page


Girls, Inc.
JOIN for a variety of fantastic projects:
Girls Incorporated is a national research, education, and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and boldsm. There are many wonderful projects, addressing health, physical activity, physical safety, along with all sorts of competencies.
Girls Inc., 441 West Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3287, or call 317-634-7546


I Am Beautiful
Calling All Girls: Tell Us Why You Are Beautiful
I Am Beautiful authors seek Teen Submissions for New Book

The authors are seeking written responses from teen girls to these questions:  
Do you think you are beautiful? What makes you beautiful?  Who are the most beautiful people in your life?  How do your favorite magazines, TV shows, music videos and movies make you feel about your beauty? When do you feel the most beautiful?

Written responses should be no more than 200 words and should be accompanied by a clear photo of the girl.  For more information, see the
I Am Beautiful website.


P.O.Box 1212;  Santa Cruz, CA 95061, or call 800-467-6997, or email
Self-defense for children and teens.


School Safety: Stop Bullies and Youth Violence 


Body Positive
USE THESE IDEAS for discussion with kids and teens:

  • How do I figure out if I should "diet"? If you wouldn't do it for the rest of your life, don't do it now.
  • How do I figure out how I should eat? Are you hungry? How do you tell? Where do you feel it? How do you know when you're satisfied? Isn't your body cool for helping you figure this out?
  • How do I feel better about my body? It hears everything you think! What do you say about your body to yourself? If you wouldn't say it to your best friend, don't say it about your body.
  • What do I do when my friend says she's too fat? Ask her if she is scared about something. Understand that "fat talk" hides your real feelings, and telling your real stories.
  • How do I get more confidence? Try something that is a challenge for you. Let yourself be proud when you achieve. Women and girls who are successful give themselves encouragement!



Resources on Children and Weight Programming
Useful Articles

Guidelines for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Promoting Healthy Weight in Children
Society for Nutrition Education  

The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Healthy Weight  

WIN the Rockies and WIN Wyoming  

Guiding Principles:

  • People have responsibilities for their own health; communities can create environments that foster good health and provide health options.
  • Principles of body-size differences and size-acceptance
  • Accept and value every body, whatever size or shape.
  • Help people feel good about their bodies and about who they are.
  • Recognize that people of all sizes and shapes can reduce their risk of poor health by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Challenge your own size-prejudice beliefs.
  • Principles of positive self-acceptance
      • Value yourself regardless of your size or shape.
      • Identify your strengths and abilities and build on your assets.
      • Be critical of messages that focus on unrealistic body images as symbols of success and happiness
  • Principles of physically active living
      • Enjoy physical activity every day.
      • Participate in activities for the joy of feeling your body move.
      • Make physical activity fun
  • Principles of healthful and pleasurable eating
      • Take pleasure in eating.
      • Take control -eat when hungry and stop when satisfied.
      • Follow the Food Guide Pyramid.
      • Honor the gift of food.

Children and Weight: What Schools and Communities Can Do

Cooperative Extension at the University of California  

The Children and Weight series includes informative publications for parents as well as health care professionals. The Children and Weight: What Schools and Communities Can Resource Kit will serve as a "how-to" guide offering technical assistance to community leaders. The Resource Kit includes:

    Essential, up-to-date information on children and weight, including: prevalence, best-practices approaches for prevention, and social concerns related to body image;

    Explanation of rationale and philosophy for empowerment approach;

    Guidelines for mapping community resources, identifying and recruiting potential task force members, and discovering the range of possible activities (based on the Spectrum of Prevention);

    Guidelines for setting the group�s course: developing vision, mission, goals and objectives, and action plan;

    Tips for facilitating effective meetings;

    Step-by-step guides (including agendas, overheads and handouts) for initial task force meetings

    Suggestions for how to help the group maintain momentum;

    Extensive list of print and electronic resources on children and weight as well as community building;

    "Make A Change," an inspiring video that shows different ways that local communities have mobilized to improve kids� access to nutritious foods and fun ways to stay fit.

The price is $100. Order from our publications division at  

Guidelines for School and Community Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity Among Young People
The CDC site includes the Complete Guidelines Report, a summary of the report, and a school health self-assessment and planning tool.

YMCA Feelin' Good Program for Elementary Schools



1. Material should not contain such stereotypes as "fat and lazy," "big and stupid," etc. Words such as jumbo, hippo, fatso, tub of lard, etc. should not be used to describe a fat person. The word fat is the preferred descriptive word. Fat is an adjective to be used in the same way as tall, short, thin, etc. would be used. The term overweight implies that the fat person exceeds a standard of acceptability.

2. Illustrations should not depict fat people in an unattractive manner. Pictures should not be used of fat people wearing ill-fitting clothing, eating enormous amounts of food, or unable to ambulate because of extreme body size. These are generally false stereotypes.

3. Examples or stories of fat children or adults should not be used if at the end of the story the fat person gains acceptance by losing weight. No Afro-American child would be asked to change his color to achieve acceptability, nor would any female be asked to change her sex to be considered worthwhile. People come in all shapes, sizes and colors. If a person is considered unacceptable because of size, sex, or color, then it is time to change society, not the body any individual lives in.

4. Textbooks and educational materials have made great strides in the past two decades to include positive pictures and examples of men and women of varying backgrounds and races. These materials should also endeavor to include positive images of fat people. Pictures of children should not only include thin Asian, Hispanic and Afro-American children, but an occasional fat child in all these groups as well.

It is accepted that it may be occasionally necessary to ignore these guidelines when reviewing educational materials, but serious consideration should be given to the value of the educational material versus the possible damage to the self-image of the fat student.


Russell Williams MA
ISAA Activism vice-president ISAA.
For further information about these guidelines call
For further information about ISAA call 1-512-371-4379.


Southern Poverty Law Center�s "" project
"Responding to Hate at School"  
Take the test for weight bias:


NAAFA Kids Project  
Marilyn Wann 415-921-5967

Kids' Curriculum and Outreach Project
c/o Nancy Summer P.O. Box 116, Bearsville, NY 12409

Radiance Magazine articles about kids:  

Council on Size and Weight Discrimination Kids' Project  

American Civil Liberties Union

Anti-Bullying Program  

The Body Positive  
Eating disorder prevention programs in the SF Bay Area

Girls, Incorporated - A variety of programs "that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold."  

Kidpower Self-Defense  


"Responding to Hate at School"
Southern Poverty Law Center�s ""  
Take the test for weight bias:

Naturalistic Weight-Reduction Efforts Prospectively Predict Growth in Relative Weight and Onset of Obesity Among Female Adolescents
Adolescent girls who engage in weight-loss efforts such as dieting, use of appetite suppressants and laxatives, and vomiting are more likely to gain weight over time and are at greater risk for the onset of obesity.

Healthy Weight Journal articles  and search for "nutrition" resources, or:

Radiance Magazine articles about kids:  


A helpful set of citations from Miriam Berg:

"Someone was looking for the original study in which children of all sizes had negative reactions to fat children's silhouettes. I believe the original study was the 1967 Staffieri study. Here is a passage, with footnotes, from Handbook of Psychotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia edited by David M. Garner and Paul Garfinkel (1985). The section entitled "Prejudice against Obesity" on pages 520-522 states the following:

      Both normal-weight and overweight children describe obese silhouettes as "stupid," "dirty," "lazy," "sloppy," "mean," "ugly," and "sad," among other pejorative labels (Allon, 1975; Staffieri, 1967, 1972). Earlier studies reported that drawings of obese children were evaluated less favorably than drawings of children who were physically handicapped or disfigured (Goodman, Dornbusch, Richardson, & Hastorf, 1963; Richardson, Goodman, Hastorf, & Dornbusch, 1961). Even more incredible is the finding that professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, also ranked the obese figures as less desirable. In a comprehensive review of these and other studies, O.W. Wooley, Wooley, and Dyrenforth (1979) suggest that "these prejudices learned in childhood no doubt become the basis for self-hatred among those who become overweight at later ages, and a source of anxiety and self-doubt for anyone fearful of becoming overweight" (p.83).


  • Allon, N. (1975) Latent social services in group dieting. Social Problems, 32, 59-69.
  • Goodman, N., Dornbusch, S.M., Richardson, S.A., Hastorf, A.H. (1963). Variant reactions to physical disabilities. American Sociological Review, 28, 429-435.
  • Richardson, S.A., Goodman, N., Hastorf, A.H., & Dornbusch, S.M. (1961) Cultural uniformity in relation to physical disabilities. American Sociological Review, 26, 241-247.
  • Staffieri, J.R. (1967). A study of social stereotype of body image in children. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 7, 101-104.
  • Staffieri, J.R. (1972). Body build and behavior expectancies in young females. Developmental Psychology 6, 125-127.
  • Wooley, S., Wooley, O. and Dryenforth, S. (1979). Obesity and women -II. A neglected feminist topic. Women's Studies International Quarterly, 2, 81-92.

          Miriam Berg, President
          Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
          PO Box 305
          Mt. Marion, NY 12456
          website: "


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