A friendly place for people of all sizes to share, support, and succeed at fitness from a HAES (SM) perspective.

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Welcome to the Fit Fatty Forum, we’re glad you’re here! This forum was started by two fit fatties - Jeanette DePatie and Ragen Chastain - to be a space where people who are interested in fitness from a Health at Every Size® perspective can connect, get support, and make friends.  People of all sizes, ages, abilities, and activities have a place here.  You can participate in discussions, check out our photo gallery and video channel and add your own, and get answers to your questions from experts at Ask a Fit Fatty. 

The Fit Fatties Forum is an intentionally inclusive space.  We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable space for all people wishing to discuss fitness from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective, including people of color, people who are differently abled and LGBTQ people.  We are committed to building a space where all people feel safe addressing issues unique to their communities and cultures within the world of fitness.  We realize that from time to time, we may not get things right and/or could do things better.  We invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us at any time.

Before you get started, please take a moment to read our Community Commitments.  These are the commitments we make to each other to keep the community a safe, helpful, friendly space for everyone involved.  This is a moderated community and we are very serious about making sure that you have a great experience here so if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Community Commitments

·        Moving your body is great and wonderful at whatever level you do it. Fitness is a continuum, not a podium.

·        This community is open to people of all ages, sizes, fitness levels, and activities who are interested in discussing their fitness journey from a Health at Every Size® Perspective

·        Pro-Weight Loss Surgery, Pro-Diet Talk, Weight Loss Solicitation is strictly prohibited!  Fit Fatties promotes the HAES approach of “Health At Every Size”(R).   Promoting diet, weight loss, or weight loss surgery is prohibited.   While we respect the rights of all individuals to foster their own views, Fit Fatties regards dieting and diet-talk as both unhealthy and as a disparagement against fat folks. (Please note: Forum members are welcome to discuss these topics, as long they refrain from promoting them in any way.)

.      We are committed to maintaining a safe place to talk about fitness without negative body talk.  We understand that learning to love your body is a process, but we ask that you refrain from shaming your body or anyone else's while you are on this site.  All negative body talk will be moderated out.  If you're not sure what constitutes negative body talk, follow this link.

·        This community is fiercely anti-shame so if you don’t feel that you can be supportive and positive in a discussion then it’s best to walk away from it.

·        Do not give advice unless it is explicitly asked for.  If you want advice, ask for it explicitly.

·        Humans are imperfect. Sometimes we express our thoughts imperfectly, so we give each other the benefit of assuming good intentions in every post.

·        Have good intentions in every post that you make.

·        Respect that your experience not everyone’s experience.  Your mileage may vary. 

·        If you have any issues please let the mods know right away

·        This forum is awesome and the members are friendly and helpful so jump right in!

·        Do not spam the forum. Members are asked to join in the conversation. Simply posting links to products will get you suspended for spam.

Only Post What's Yours

Please make sure you hold all the rights to anything that you post.  You may only post pictures and videos for which you have express permission of both the subject and the photographer/ videographer.  Furthermore, Fit Fatties respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is Fit Fatties policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others.

A Word to Spammers

This forum is meant to be a communication by members for members.  This is not a place for you to post arbitrary links to your products.  If you find yourself writing posts like:

"try this: abitraryproductlink.com"

we will find you and suspend you.  Thanks!

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Thinking of getting a personal trainer.

Started by Katherine in Uncategorized 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi all, I am considering getting a personal trainer and was wandering about others experiences. For the past year I have been working part time, so only earning enough money for essentials, but I…Continue

Fat Vegans Unite!

Started by Martha Aguilar in Uncategorized Sep 8. 0 Replies

By vegan I mean, those who currently do not use animals as food (none, zero, zilch). We're a small lot as it is, and I'd love to connect with others in the same boat. I have been vegan for 8 years…Continue

Tags: vegan

What inspires you to be a fit fatty?

Started by Jeanette DePatie in Uncategorized. Last reply by Casey Matthias Sep 6. 134 Replies

Do you have something special (other than weight loss) that inspires you to be a fit fatty?  Is there a special person or passion or idea that keeps you moving?Continue

Kayaking and First Post

Started by Rachel Mattingly in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rachel Mattingly Sep 6. 2 Replies

Hello all,My name is Rachel, I'm 23 years old, and I live in California. I've been into size acceptance since I was 16 (I started early!) I have fairly recently become interested in fitness from a…Continue

Tags: introduction, supplies, kayaking



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Katherine posted a discussion

Thinking of getting a personal trainer.

Hi all, I am considering getting a personal trainer and was wandering about others experiences. For the past year I have been working part time, so only earning enough money for essentials, but I have been doing work out videos in an attempt to start getting strong, I find that my motivation with these is pretty low, although it sounded great in theory - I am a really great procrastinator. I am about to start working full time again and am considering joining a gym and getting a personal…See More
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Fat Vegans Unite!

By vegan I mean, those who currently do not use animals as food (none, zero, zilch). We're a small lot as it is, and I'd love to connect with others in the same boat. I have been vegan for 8 years and would love to hear other's experiences in being fat and vegan. What's your fat and vegan story?See More
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This group is for fit fatties who are new to exercise.  Join with other fitness neophytes to learn new stuff and share your triumphs and tribulations!See More
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A group for water loving fit fatties.See More
Sep 7
Casey Matthias replied to Jeanette DePatie's discussion What inspires you to be a fit fatty?
"The idea of becoming pregnant and having a baby is the idea that is currently keeping me moving.  I have been trying to become pregnant for several months now, but knowing that a baby is hopefully in my near future gives me the push to become…"
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Rachel Mattingly replied to Rachel Mattingly's discussion Kayaking and First Post
"Actually, I looked around a bit and found a wetsuit that looks good here: http://www.isnorkel.com/product/6860/Henderson-Thermoprene-3mm-shorty-womens-Plus-size-wetsuit-back-zip Now I just need to find a life jacket, but I'm sure I'll…"
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Cristina M Poulter added a discussion to the group Swimmers

Hi any open water swimmers in Massachusetts, VT, CT, NH?

Hi allI completed the kingdom 3 mile swim this year in July for the first time and am looking for other swims! I would like to start some open water ocean swims. I live in Western MA and its lakes! Enjoying the last warm swims before its time to go back to the pool!See More
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