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I AM: This is not safe for work due to some artistic nudity. The message portrayed in both words and photography on this page is beautiful. It's really, truly inspiring.

NAAFA

Title: Men like Plus-Size Women

Preview: They enjoy womanly curves and are quite forgiving of a form that hovers around a size 16.

There are sections of this article that actually suggest some prejudice from the authors perspective, but I still believe it is worth a quick read.

Also, check out NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. It's really so foreign to experience a large group of people, an organization even, that is fully devoted to supporting those that are overweight. I want to say that it is a good thing, but the part of my brain that has been programmed over the years to respond automatically "Fat = Bad" balks at it. Perhaps anyone else that reads this and checks out the website could leave me a comment telling me how they feel about this website?

Anxiety

Sometimes I really worry about meeting people on line. I think that for overweight people, it's more stressful to meet people on the internet than in person... there's always that worry that, the moment you show a picture of yourself, you'll never hear from him or her again. That's happened to me before so many times. Then there are the angle pictures, which let's face it, are deceptive even if self-preserving. In person, you know right away whether or not you'll be accepted and then you can either move on with your life or become acquainted with a new friend.

That is another big reason I created this community. I know how difficult it is to always be worrying that the moment someone sees you, they'll discount you. I want to open up opportunities here for people to meet others without that fear. And I want that for myself too.

Essay @ www.HealthyWeightForum.org

Title: How I Got to Be So Overweight

Preview: Negativity, for a person trying to lose weight, is soul-destroying. It comes from all sides, and can even seem positive at times.

Indulgent Quotes. :)

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There's no pleasure worth foregoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. --John Mortimer

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. --Mark Twain

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. --Mark Twain

Did you ever notice they never take any fat hostages? You never see a guy coming out of Lebanon going: I was held hostage for seven months and I lost 175 pounds, I feel good and I look good and I learned self-discipline. That's the important thing." --Denis Leary

Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good. --Lora Brody

I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had my breakfast in bed. - Oscar Wilde

What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. --Katharine Hepburn

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