What is fat talk? We know it when we hear it! Most of us engage in it, even though we know that it carries a cost, and most of us admire women who don’t engage in it. In 2008, the sorority TriDelta decided to do something to stop it by instituting Fat Talk Free Week in October.
So, how do we stop the fat talk?
Here are some great tips on becoming “Fat Talk Free” from OperationBeautiful.com:
- Consciously correct yourself if you Fat Talk. Replace those thoughts with something realistic and positive.
- Don’t compare your body to others.
- Appreciate your body for what it can do. If you feel down and are Fat Talking, try going for a walk and enjoy being outside.
- Turn a negative into a positive. Instead of “I’m stocky,” try “I’m strong!”
- Never Fat Talk in front of your kids or friends.
To Learn More, to Share Your Story & to Get a Very Cool Button…
Visit Changethemessage.com. The organization, run by Jill Shaffer, RD, and Nancy Logue, Ph.D. provides workshops for people who want to be more accepting of themselves and their bodies. They also provide workshops for educators, coaches and healthcare professionals. They are currently inviting people to share their personal stories about how they are “changing the message.” While there, you can purchase the very cool button pictured at left in order to help start (or stop) the conversation.
Why is this so important?
We leave you with Lily Myers performing her powerful poem, “Shrinking Woman,” about battling cultural and family imperatives that women be thin. This was taped at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where her poem was awarded “Best Love Poem.”