NAAFA’s 2012 Scholar Takes on The Biggest Loser!

The 2012 NAAFA HAESsm Scholarship recipient, Natalie Ingraham, will focus her studies on a critical content analysis of the television show, The Biggest Loser. Natalie will be honored at the 2012 NAAFA Convention in Millbrae, CA in August.
June 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Foster City, CA - NAAFA is pleased to announce that Natalie Ingraham, MPH has been selected as the 2012 NAAFA HAESsm Scholarship recipient. Natalie is a graduate student at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) pursuing her doctorate in Sociology. Her proposed research project is to conduct a critical content analysis of the television show, The Biggest Loser. The results will be compared against HAES principles in order to create and recommend possible policy changes with regards to body size and health.  To learn more about the HAES principles visit NAAFA’s website at:

"We commend Natalie for taking on The Biggest Loser, as we are very concerned about the impact it has on public policy, public opinion and its participants,” stated Lisa Tealer, NAAFA Board Member and Director of Programs.

Dr. Shari Dworkin, Associate Professor, Vice Chair and Director of Doctoral Studies in Medical Sociology at UCSF’s Department of Social and Behavior Sciences wrote in her letter of recommendation that, "Natalie has done very well in all research related tasks that she engages with and she shows a dedication and commitment to research that is refreshing and most welcome.”

Ingraham will receive a $1,000 scholarship from NAAFA to continue her graduate studies and research. She will be recognized at the NAAFA convention on Saturday, August 4, 2012 during NAAFA’s Annual Dinner held at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel in Millbrae, California. On Monday, August 6th at the NAAFA HAES Summit, Natalie will participate as a session panelist and present a poster of her research.

If you are interested in joining Natalie and other HAES practitioners at the NAAFA HAES summit, please register early as space is limited. Find more information at:

Interested in submitting a poster for the Summit? The deadline has been extended to July 6th. Find more information at:

Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
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