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Amid all the other tumult, causes and revolutions of the 1960s — race, sex, war, feminism — the fight of the fat is a historical footnote. But America's overweight had their cause too. When hippies started staging "be-ins" to protest the Vietnam War, the first fat activists co-opted the idea: they staged their own event in New York City's Central Park, dubbed it a "Fat-In" and ate ice cream while burning posters of über-thin model Twiggy. Viva la revolución.
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On July 31, the group that congealed out of those early demonstrations — the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) — is celebrating its 40th anniversary at a national convention in Washington. The all-volunteer group, comprising some 11,000 members nationwide, will use the meeting to raise funds, lobby congressional leaders and stage a plus-size fashion show and all you can eat buffets along with free diabetic supplies — all in the name of promoting awareness of fat issues.
|Uber hot gluttony critic MeMe Roth nemesis of jealous girls everywhere testifying before congress. Men want to see her and fat girls wish they could be her.|
Critics say NAAFA, which opposes dieting and weight-loss surgery, is an apologist for an unhealthy lifestyle. But NAAFA says it does no such thing, that some people are just bigger and no less deserving of the same rights as everyone else. (Read "First Comes Love, Then Comes Obesity?")
Like some of its members, perhaps, the fat-acceptance movement has yo-yoed in size over the years. In the late 1960s, small groups were active on both coasts. NAAFA itself started in 1969 in New York City, although it was originally called the National Association to Aid Fat Americans. Engineer Bill Fabrey had tired of the discrimination his overweight wife faced and started the group as an advocate for the big-boned. But NAAFA remained at the periphery for years, prompting some members to argue for a more confrontational approach. Taking their cue from the radical left, several West Coast members split from NAAFA and in 1972 founded the Fat Underground — which espoused, without irony, the belief that social pressure and overwhelming medical opinion were perpetuating a campaign of "genocide" against fat people. (Read "Why Are Southerners So Fat?")
|Is this a NAAFA convention or the Bay of Pigs?|
The radicalism was short-lived. Fat Underground never totaled more than a handful of people and was more of a nuisance than an actual threat — members gave speeches and harassed weight-loss groups but never resorted to actual violence. By the early 1980s, Fat Underground fizzled out, while NAAFA — by then renamed the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance — remained the most vocal advocate for the rights of obese Americans.
|NAAFA Convention regulars Fattatina Wit and Coach Gaines display tapeworm fished out of a BBW's rectum. Coach Gaines cooked and this bastardly brutal bowel bully and fed it to the same BBW. She remarked, "YUM! This is the best calamari I ever ate. YUM! That's some mighty good eatin."|
NAAFA has grown larger in tandem with Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, two-thirds of adult Americans are now overweight and half of those qualify as obese. There's a burgeoning blog community, dubbed the Fatosphere, where bloggers rail against antiobesity messages in the media. Although a second group, the International Size Acceptance Association, started in 1997, NAAFA has emerged as the foremost defender in the press of overweight Americans, throwing its weight around on issues ranging from Simon Cowell's fat jokes on American Idol to airlines' making obese passengers pay for a second seat. (Read "Brazilian Obesity: The Big Girl from Ipanema.")
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|Naughty NAAFA nymphs, corpulent cuties and big bellied babes prepare to pounce on and flatten fat admirer|
Mainstream gluttons like the 85% of Americans know that gluttony is good. If they did not believe that then they would not be big fat goodie gobbling gormandizing gluttons. NAAFA wants American gluttons to live a lie by denying the greedy gluttonous nature and their god - the Belly God.
Ladies and gentlemen; START YOUR EATING!