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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

SECTION B: Information about this FAQ

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 joining.

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 consciouisness.

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 weight.

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 available.

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 lives.

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?

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 supersize paperdolls
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
Cat's Home Page aka Cat's House of Fun BBW (bbw photography)
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
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
Infertility FAQ for Women of Size
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
Phattitude - a size acceptance weblog
A Place at the Table (art project remembering fat people who died due to fat phobia) (online plus size shopping and news site)
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:

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

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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