UNH Fat Talk Free Week - Oct. 21 through 24

UNH Fat Talk Free Week - Oct. 21 through 24

Barbie display created that shows what Barbie would look like if she were a real woman. Large breasts, tiny waste, tiny feet and very tall.

She's Back! Barbie! 

Barbie will be on display at the Dimond Library. Think she looks strange? You are right. The life size Barbie represents what Barbie would look like if she were a "real woman."  

Join the #UNHEndFatTalk Conversation

UNH students will be using social media to talk about ways to end fat talk at UNH and provide information to one another about body image and eating concerns. Add your voice to the conversation or just listen in.

Prizes will be given out randomly all week to students who participate in the conversation. 

REALBeautiful Whiteboard, ALL WEEK 

All week long watch out for the REALBeautiful Whiteboard!  It will be making its appearance at every Fat Talk Free Week (FTFW) event!  Write a body positive message on the board and get your picture snapped with your message. Eating Concerns Mentors will then post your picture on the FTFW Facebook event page! Tag yourself for a chance to win a $25 gas gift card! Attend, write, inspire, shoot, tag, and win!

Inspiration Station at Campus Recreation, Monday, October 21st  

Mindful Monday

    • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
    • Join Eating Concerns Mentors and Students Promoting Information about Nutrition (SPIN) for their Fat Talk Free Week and Month of Food Citizenship collaboration — Mindful Monday!  Taste local foods and practice your mindful eating skills as students from these group will lead you through a mindful eating meditation. Yum!

Inspiration Stations at the MUB, Monday - Thursday, October 21-24

Fat Talk Free Swag
    • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., MUB 
    • Chat with Eating Concerns Mentors and get free bracelets, chocolates and t-shirts! Show your support!

Film: MissRepresentation, Tuesday, October 22nd

    • 7:00 p.m., Theatre I, MUB
    • Film to be followed by discussion lead by the Eating Concerns Mentors 
    • Co-sponsored with the UNH Women's Studies Program and Chi Omega 

Film: The Makers, Wednesday, October 23rd

    •  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Theatre II, MUB
    • Film to be followed by discussion lead by SHARPP 
    • Co-sponsored with SHARPP and the UNH Women's Studies Program 

Film: Tough Guise, Wednesday, October 23rd

  • 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Theatre II, MUB
  • Film to be followed by discussion lead by the Eating Concerns Mentors 
  • Co-sponsored with Lambda Chi Alpha 

Operation Beautiful, Thursday, October 24thOperation Beautiful at Woodside Apartments UNH

Thursday, October 24th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Write a motivating note on a post-it and put it up in a public place! The goal of the Operation Beautiful is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk” and spread positive messages across UNH. When you choose to post a note, you are saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!” Scribble down whatever comes to mind — "You are beautiful!" or "You are amazing just the way you are!"This is a great chance for Wildcats to inspire one another! Operation Beautiful began by modeling positive messages left on the mirrors in public places, such as public restrooms, gyms, and grocery stores.   

Media Buzz for #UNHEndFatTalk

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Fat Talk Free Week is sponsored by the Eating Concerns Mentors (ECM), a UNH Health Services peer education program.  


About Ending Fat Talk At UNH 

The media’s creation of “the thin ideal” is an unrealistic and unattainable standard of beauty. Yet, millions of individuals lose time, money, energy, self esteem and relationships in pursuit of this fashion fantasy. Life pursuits that are meaningful and fulfilling such as education, advocacy, and creative ventures are often regarded as less important than the achievement of thinness.  The quest to emulate the thin ideal can cause negative body image, distorted eating and extremes in exercise behaviors.  Our culture’s  endorsement of the “thin ideal”  has consequently led to the daily pastime of “fat talk” further distancing individuals from their authentic capabilities and potential.

UNH Health Services encourages students and the like to pursue a “healthy ideal” versus the “thin ideal” and to end “fat talk.”  The pursuit of the healthy ideal, which looks different for everyone, requires us to take care of our bodies. The healthy ideal happens when we simultaneously maximize our physical health, mental health and quality of life. For better or worse, however, our bodies are no different than any other object or living being in our care. Hate them and we are likely to abuse them. Love them and we will finally begin down the road to health. 

 Give up Fat Talk, which reinforces the thin ideal, and join us in the pursuit of the healthy ideal!

Ways to End Fat Talk @UofNH 

Fat talk takes place in everyday conversation, reinforcing the thin ideal and contributing to dissatisfaction with our bodies. Statements that are considered “fat talk” don’t necessarily have to be negative; they can seem positive yet reinforce the need to be thin – “You look great! Have you lost weight?”Examples of fat talk include:

      • “I’m so fat,”
      • “Do I look fat in this?”
      • “I need to lose 10 pounds”
      • “She’s too fat to be wearing that swimsuit.”
      • “I need to gain more muscle.”

To end “fat talk” focus instead on complementing an individual’s personality, strengths, their shoes or their jewelry, but not on their weight or body size.

By eliminating fat talk on the UNH campus, we can start to change the conversation with our friends and families. #UNHENDFATTALK

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