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	Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About On-Line Resources for Big Folks 

This document contains information about on-line resources for fat people
(other than clothing sources, organizations, and publications -- these
are covered in other FAQs). If you don't find what you're looking for
here, try one of the related FAQs (see question F1 for
a complete list).


Updated October 00



SECTION A: FAQ about on-line resources for big folks
A1)	What mailing lists are available for big folks?
A2)	What other on-line resources are available for big folks?
A3)	Are there any Web sites relevant to big folks?

SECTION B: Information about this FAQ
B1)	Are there other related FAQs?
B2)	Posting information
B3)	Contributors


SECTION A: FAQ about on-line resources for big folks

A1)	What mailing lists are available for big folks?

Avalanche UK 
Subscription address:
	Mailing list associated with the Avalance UK web site at
	Check out the philosophy for the list on the web site before

Bella Online Magazine: Empowerment for BBWs...
Big Beautiful Teen Women
Subscription address:
	It is about time that America realized that being overweight is
	not neccesarily caused by overeating. If you need to talk to
	someone that understands, then join this group. This group is
	for 13-19 year old females.

Big Moms 
Subscription address:
Message body:  SUBSCRIBE (your email address)  
	The Big Moms Mailing List is for discussion of anything
	regarding being a big mom -- social issues, fertility issues,
	gestational diabetes, doing activities with your kids, etc. This
	list is primarily for large moms, (be they tall or obese or
	both), large pregnant moms to be, and large women who want to be
	moms, although supportive folk that don't fit into neat
	categories are welcome. Note: This is not a diet-free list; be
	sure to use clear subject headers for any discussion of
	dieting/non-dieting issues. 

Big Sistas List 
Subscription address: 
Message body:  subscribe fatbabes ( 
	For African-American Women of Size. 

Broadly Speaking
Subscription address: or
	For big women who reject the dieting mentality and are looking
	to share views, give support, and generally network and raise

Clothing Exchange
Subscription address: 
	For folks who would like to trade or give away clothes, any
	style or size. Plus sized women and men are encouraged to join.  

Fat Acceptance 
Subscription address:
Message body:  subscribe fat-acceptance 
	General discussion list devoted to fat acceptance, run by NAAFA
	(but you do not need to be a NAAFA member to join). 

Subscription address:
	For butches who identify themselves as fat, are positive OR
	negative about that, and wish to talk about issues that are
	unique to us. Supporters are also welcome. This list is open to
	butch women, butch females, butchy, daddies, sirs, masculine
	females, ftm's, gender bending, gender questioning, genderqueer,
	transgendered, and their supporters. Sex, BDSM positive.

Fat and Fit 
Subscription address:
Message body:  SUBSCRIBE FATANDFIT (your real name) 
Or subscribe on the web: 
Go to
In the Search box, type fatandfit
Click "Join fatandfit"
Fill out the form with your email address and name (and other options if
you like), and click Save.
	List for fat people who want to discuss fitness and healthy
	eating without the demonization of fat that exists on most diet
	and exercise lists. Discussion of weight loss for the sake of
	health is allowed, but it is not assumed you want to lose

Fat and Healthy
Subscription address:
	Mailing list based on being fat and healthy, BBWs,
	size-acceptance, and just about anything else you'd like to chat
	about (not just strictly related to "fat talk").

Subscription address:
Message body:  subscribe fa-diab {your email address} 
	For diabetics, hypoglycemics, family members of diabetics,
	friends of diabetics, diabetic professionals, folks concerned
	about diabetics, etc., who are also fat-accepting.

New address: now.
Subscription address: to come
Message body: to come
	List for fat women and fat-accepting non-fat women, especially
	those with body image issues. A supportive and safe place to
	talk about issues affecting fat women. A digest version is

Subscription address:
	Discussion for fat women who have sex with other women.
	Fat-positive, queer oriented, pro-sex and pro-kink. Social and
	educational forum about general sexual expression, BDSM,
	leather, fetishes, and role play. Membership limited to adult
	women/females (bi, straight/heterosexual, lesbian, butch, femme,
	queer, transgendered, transsexual) who have a positive interest
	in this type of sexual expression with other women. 

Fat Sex 
Subscription address:
Message body:  subscribe fat_sex (your email address)  
	Fat Sex is a mailing list for discussing sexual issues
	pertaining to fat folks and those who find them attractive. All
	are welcome to subscribe, but discussion pertaining to feeding
	or weight gain as it applies to sexuality are specifically
	off-topic on this list. 

Subscription address:
Message body:  subscribe (your email address) 
	A place for fat lesbians and allies to discuss topics related to
	our lives as fat lesbians, from a pro-fat, pro-lesbian
	perspective. This list is for women only and is open to
	fat-positive, pro-lesbian women of any size, orientation, or
	birth gender.

Full and Fabulous
Subscription address:
	Fat-friendly sewing list. To join, follow instructions on web page.

Subscription address:
Message body:  subscribe naafa-members 
	Mailing list for NAAFA members. Your subscription may take a
	while to process because they will check your membership status
	before they add you.

Overweight and Pregnant Support 
Subscription addresses: 
Message subject:  OPSS 
Message body: Your email address, your first name and last name, and a
brief description of why you would like to join.
	The Overweight & Pregnant Support (OPSS) mailing list is for
	discussion of weight and pregnancy among women of size. Women
	who are trying to get pregnant are also welcome to join. This
	list grew out of a list called OASIS (Overweight and Seeking
	Infertility Support). (For more information about OASIS, write
	using the subject line OASIS.)

Poly Pagan BBW 
Subscription address:
	For those who are Polyamorous, Pagan, and BBW (big beautiful
	women), Fat Admirers, or Big Handsome men. Intended for
	discussion of anything that relates to these three concepts,
	including, but not limited to such things as relationships,
	finding ritual clothes that fit us, our sexuality as poly
	pagans, etc. This is not a list for diet discussion. Weight loss
	discussion is acceptable, but no fad diets, please. 

Subscription address:
	For size-accepting discussion of sleep apnea and related issues
	-- diagnosis, treatment, maintenance, and so on. All types of
	apnea will be considered on-topic. Weight loss as a treatment
	will be strongly discouraged. 

Subscription address: or
Message body:  subscribe 
	We mostly talk about sewing, but also about other aspects of our

Subscription address: 
Message body: Explain why you'd like to join. 
	Superfriends is for the Supersized and their admirers. Based on
	a vote the Superfriends took, the Superfriends define
	"supersized" as those weighing 300 pounds or more. The function
	of the mailing list is to be a support network for the
	Supersized and their admirers. 

Supersize Lesbians (SSL) 
Subscription/info address:
	For "supersize" lesbians and the women who love them.
	"Supersize" in this context means approximately 300lbs or
	larger, although the list will accept women of all sizes, sexual
	orientations or birth gender. SSL is a women-only list. Not a
	dieting group. 

Zoftig Zone 
Subscription/info address:
	Discussion list for people of size, their friends and allies.
	Relatively high traffic.


A2)	What other on-line resources are available for big folks?

These channels are for fat folks and supporters:
	#bbw (web site:
	#BBW-SuperSize (web site:
IRC undernet 
	#fatdykes (queer-friendly women only) 
Try /server  

EFnet has the following channels:
	#Big & Sexy 
	#gaychub (gay-friendly, fat-friendly) 
	#bearcave (for large and/or furry gay men and their admirers)
Try /server has several big folks chat rooms, including:
	#bbw-teens room for the 17 and under crowd 
	#Big-FolksCafe, with a 24/7 bot.
	#BBW-Forum meets each week to discuss relevant topics. 


A3)	Are there any web sites relevant to big folks?

About-Face: Combatting Negative and Distorted Imagery of Women
About Fat Acceptance by Stef
Above Average: web-based resource for big people
Abundance Magazine Women's Board
AHELP (Association for the Health Enrichment of Large People)
Atlanta BBW Bash '98 (non-profit event)
Bariatric Rehab (info about wheelchairs and other medical equipment for
big folks)
BBWSweetie's Matchmaking Page
 	Bear Creek 
Paperworks - The Paper Doll Book Story... 

Bella (Bijan ads featuring a supersize nude model)
big and tall list (of men's clothing resources)
Big Beautiful Dolls full-figured 12" fashion dolls
Big Ladies and Other Goddesses - series of notecards by Anna P. Oneglia
Big Picture BBS Home Page
Big and Tall -- mostly clothing sites
Big Stuff - super sized seating in the [San Francisco] Bay Area
Bite Me! online publication for frustrated fat people
Blossom Fuller (cartoon about a BBW)
BodyPositive body acceptance site by psychologist Debby Burgard
Century Project (nude photos of real girls and women of all ages)
Convaquip -- convalescent aids for fat people
Dimensions Magazine
Doug Edwards' Weight Issues page
eBay auction site (some large-size clothing)
Emma Plus
Extra Special Singlez (free personal ad site)
fa-diab mailing list fat-accepting resources for diabetics
Fat and Fit Web Page
Fat Chick's Valentines (e-cards)
Fat Girl 'Zine
Fat Men Society of Androscoggin County, Maine, 1870

Fat Person's Home Page by Joe Obrin
Fat!So? 'zine
FIRST DO NO HARM Information for Health Professionals about Weight
"Freedom from Tyranny"
Generous Net personal ads, size acceptance, fat acceptance
Gothic Goddess (size postive erotica)
Home Page of Charles Van Dyke (Chairman of the Board of NAAFA)
IC-WD BBS message service (personal ads for BBW/Ms)
Jellyroll's Home Page
Large & Lovely Connections, radio show on WTRR, 1400 AM in central Florida.  
Large Encounters, Inc.
Largesse, the Network for Size Esteem
Les Toil Big Beautiful Pin-Up Gallery
Livin' and Lovin' Large in Fort Wayne, IN
Loving You Large Support Network
MaryMc's Fat Acceptance Stuff
NAAFA Michigan
NAAFA National
NAAFA New England
NAAFA Super Sig
Nedhera's "a few personal notes from me" page
Dr. Paul Ernsberger's page about his research on yo-yo dieting
A Place at the Table (art project remembering fat people who died due to
fat phobia)
Radiance Magazine
Riotgrrl's "Feed The Supermodel" animation page
Rubenesque Romances
Rump Parliament
Sarah Wilcox: Behind the Mirror: An exhibition of photographs
SeattleBBW 19 month calendar
SizeNet information forum
SMASH! Negative Body Images in Women,, and web site
Teighlor's noncommercial web site devoted to boosting self-esteem in 
the size acceptance community
Ultimate Eye: Laugh (nude photograph)
Venus of Fat Activism  poster
Wake Up! I'm Fat (picture of Camryn Manheim in a beauty queen pose)
WeBeFat:Fat Acceptance Art by Janet Rotenberg
The Whisper BBW/BHM Newsletter
Yoga Video for Large People


SECTION B: Information about this FAQ

B1)     Are there other related FAQs?

There is some overlap in the topics covered by the FAQs. If you don't
find what you're looking for here, try the other FAQs. 

The latest version of the following FAQs can be found at: newsgroup FAQ newsgroup FAQ newsgroup FAQ
      	Clothing for Big Folks in Canada 
      	Clothing for Big Folks in the U.S. (parts 1 and 2)
      	Organizations for Big Folks 
      	Online Resources for Big Folks 
      	Other Resources for Big Folks 
      	Publications for Big Folks 
      	Resources for Dealing With the Physical Aspects of Being Fat 

The following FAQs can be found at:

      	Big Folks and Fitness 
      	Big Folks and Health 
      	Big Folks and Sports 
      	Research on Big Folks 

The latest versions of following FAQs can be found at the following

      	Clothing for Big Folks in the U.K. at
	Clothing for Big Folks in Europe at

	Plus-Size Pregnancy Website at

You can also find (sometimes slightly older versions of) the above FAQs
(except the plus-size pregnancy FAQs) at the following locations:

(Note: The big-folks FAQ is listed separately at these locations.)

You can also get FAQs from via anonymous FTP or via the mail
archive server. For information about the mail server, send email to 
with the word "help" (without the quotes) in the body of the message. 

B2)     Posting information

This document is posted bi-weekly to,, and

Stef Maruch ( maintains this FAQ.


B3)	Contributors

These are the people who contributed significant chunks to the FAQ:
Sasha Wood		(
Largesse		(

Also, lots and lots of other people (too many to credit) contributed
information that appears herein, some via email and some on s.s.f-a or
a.s.b-f. Thanks to them all.

Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome.
Send suggestions to Stef Maruch ( 


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