Fat Talk Free Week: A Success Among UNH Students

November 17, 2010

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Photo: Courtesy of Delta Delta Delta

you noticed the table at the MUB promoting Fat Talk Free Week? How about the
shirts around campus reading, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk”? Have you
been wondering what all the hoopla is over ‘fat talk’? If so, you’ve come to
the right place to learn!

Fat Talk Free Week was established
by Delta Delta Delta to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘fat talk’ and the
impact it has on self-esteem and confidence levels of women throughout the
world.  “Does my butt look fat in these
jeans?” “I need to lose a few pounds.” “You look great, have you lost weight?”
These are all examples of ‘fat talk’ that reinforce the thin ideal and
contribute to body dissatisfaction. In stating these ‘fat talk’ phrases we, in
a way, are judging ourselves and putting ourselves down. The goal of Fat Talk
Free Week is to stop people, primarily women, from using these phrases in order
to focus more on health and less on the thin ideal.

Today, more than 10 million women
are battling eating disorders in our country, primarily due to the thin ideal
put forth by society. In utilizing Fat Talk Free Week we, as a whole, are
trying to stop individuals throughout the nation from judging and critiquing
themselves by using ‘fat talk.’ As individuals begin to notice the ‘fat talk’
in their lives, they can stop it at the source. Rather than comparing ourselves
to the abnormally skinny models we see in magazines and on the television, we
can begin to accept our bodies and learn to love ourselves for who we are. Fat
Talk Free Week was a huge success at UNH and could be the start of an
anti-judging revolution.

For more information
on Fat Talk Free Week please visit Reflections Body Image Program.

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