"Fat" Group Defends Gabourey Sidibe's Size
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"Fat" Group Defends Gabourey Sidibe's Size

 
 
March 16, 2010 Howard Stern, The National, Acceptance, Gabourey Sidibe
 

After a weight-loss company reached out to Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe to try out their product for a year, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) has addressed the issue, saying fat doesn't always mean being unhealthy.

TMZ reported that AcaiSupply.com wrote a letter to the 26-year-old first-time actress to offer her a year supply of their product in exchange for a few kind feedbacks if she loses weight.

It noted that obesity is a "major epidemic" in the country, and that she needed to lose weight to prove Howard Stern wrong.

But now, Peggy Howell, a spokeswoman for NAAFA, is lashing out at beliefs that being heavy means being unhealthy.

She told TMZ, "You cannot tell by looking at a person if they are healthy. Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy."

She said that "Achievements come in all sizes," adding that the group does not encourage individuals to get fat or stay fat.

Sidibe won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress for her titular role in "Precious." She also took home trophies for Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent and Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female, in addition to the numerous nominations she garnered for the role.

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