The Council's goal is to end weight
discrimination in health care, media, education, employment, social
interactions, and many other areas of life. We work to make the
world better for people of all sizes. If you agree with our goals
and want to be part of the effort, here's what you can do.
Free yourself from weight obsession.
Political action starts with personal self-liberation. Use books,
support groups, size-friendly counselors, and other resources (see
our Resource List) to overcome the negative body image you were
probably brought up with--no matter what your size!
Learn about the issues. Find out what the Council and other groups
and individuals have done and are doing in the fields of weight
discrimination, eating disorders, body image issues, etc. The
Council publishes bibliographies, including several available on
Become an educated consumer. Learn to look at media and advertising
images with a critical eye (See the Council's Media Project and Kids
Come In All Sizes Project). Don't let yourself be duped by diet
scams. Think critically about any program that seems too good to be
trueit probably is. Make sure your health care professionals are
competent and unbiased, and discuss with them the safety and
effectiveness of any weight-loss drug or program you might be
considering. Read the Council's Medical Advocacy Project information
to learn more.
Interrupt sizism. Notice when something you see or hear is
discriminatory against larger-than-average people. Don't laugh at
"fat jokes". Interrupt sizism or weight discrimination when it is
possible by pointing it out and expressing your opinion that it is
wrong. If you see important news items both positive and negative
in the media, we would be grateful if you would mail them to us
(CSWD POB 205, Mt Marion, NY 12456).
Support the Council's work with a donation. The Council on Size &
Weight Discrimination gets a tremendous amount accomplished on very
little money. Essentially, we operate on a shoestring. All of our
project directors and project managers work without pay, because
they all believe in the importance of the work. But it still costs
money to run an organizationattending and testifying at medical
research conferences, printing newsletters, responding to requests
for information, etc. And there are many important activities that
we have to forego because the funding is not available to us.
So we must ask you, our supporters, to help us with the costs of
working towards our goal of ending weight discrimination. If you
believe in our work, we ask you to write us a check or make a
donation onlineeven a few dollarsto help us out. If you are able
to give us a larger donation, we will be able to expand our
activities, and reach even more decision-makers in the areas of
health, medicine, media, law, and civil rights.
The Council has been quoted in the New York Times,
Business Week, the New England Journal of Medicine, and
countless books and periodicals. We are on the front lines, doing
the work that must be done to end weight discrimination. We utilize
volunteer energy wherever possible, and we keep our administrative
costs very low, so your donation to the Council will go a long way.
You can send your checks to CSWD, POB 305, Mt. Marion, NY 12456.
Donate on line using a credit card. You can help make the world a better place for people of all sizes
by making a donation through Paypal. If you are not a member, you
can sign up at no cost when you donate. Your safety, privacy, and
confidentiality are totally assured. Please support our work and
be as generous as you can.
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