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fat-friendly cities and towns?
thirtiesgirl wrote in fatshionista
Hi fats. I come to you with a question. Based on your experiences, what places, cities, towns do you consider fat-friendly?
By "fat-friendly," I mean the town or city has a fat community with some knowledge of and experience with fat acceptance and health at every size; the dating scene is generally good for fats; and there's an overall friendliness and not much negativity towards fats from people of every size, gender and ethnicity. ...Or am I asking for a tall order, here?

I've lived all my life in Southern California, growing up in a touristy beach community, where beach bunny bodies were the norm. I've lived in Los Angeles for the past 12 years, where I moved to ostensibly start a new life that included a romantic partner, good friends, a job I loved and a neighborhood I was fond of. I've managed to find a few of those things in LA, but it's been a real struggle. For the past several years, I've been considering finding a new place to call home. I'm just not sure where that might be, so I'm asking for your knowledge and experiences to help develop my search.

I should mention a few things: I don't do well with cold winter weather when it drops below 40 degrees farenheit (meaning, very little to no snow). If I could handle snow and cold, windy temps, Chicago would be my go-to city. A fat friend of mine from LA moved to Chicago several years ago and couldn't say enough about the cute men who frequently hit on her and the general attitude difference she experienced, in comparison to LA. But sadly, I have circulation issues, so temps below 40 degrees in winter are not good for me.

I'm also not good with extreme heat or humidity; extreme to me meaning any temps over 105 degrees farenheit. I lived for several years in the San Fernando Valley where it can get as hot as 108 degrees in summer, which is a wee bit too hot for me, but just barely manageable. Thank goodness for A/C.

Places I've considered living include Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and Sacramento, CA. Portland is now off the list because it's apparently extremely difficult to find jobs in education there, especially if you're moving from out of state. I work in education, so that's not good for me. Sacramento's still on my list as a potential city for me to check out if I want to stay in California, but I know next to nothing about it. Same with Austin, aside from the great music scene there.

So now that I've given you my list of nearly impossible to meet standards (big surprise), what do you say? What cities and towns do you consider fat-friendly?

Thanks for reading.


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I live in Albuquerque. It stays between 93 - 99 for a good 4 1/2 months of the year, I don't know if that's okay with you or not. I personally hate it, but that's because I'm British :) Our house has bad a/c though, it would be better if it were well-insulated. Aside from the summer weather I absolutely love life in Albuquerque. I work in education also.

Yeah, that's fairly typical weather for Southern California during the summer months. The area of LA where I live now, which is closer to the ocean, temps usually don't get above 100F during the summer. It's hot, but I can deal with it. I spent 8 years living in the San Fernando Valley, which is part of LA County, but closer to the California desert. Summers there, we'd get temps up to 108F, which was a bit much for me. I dealt with it (thanks to A/C, a standard in all buildings there), but I'd prefer to move someplace where I don't have to deal with temps *that* extreme if I can help it.

I can understand that. Most days it was 94, it was 99 only once I think. And all that stuff about a dry heat is true. But the sun is incredibly strong and I get bad sunstroke if I'm an idiot and don't hydrate myself. But there's lot of summer fun things to do and most evenings are fine. I just swim a lot.

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