It is End Fat Talk Week! YAY!
Once upon a time, a bunch of sorority girls from Delta Delta Delta decided that they were sick of the question, “do these jeans make my butt look big?” and decided to take action by promoting positive body image to all women.
What is fat talk? Fat talk is what happens when women get together and begin to bond and seek reassurance from each other with conversations that revolve around diets, how much weight they want to lose, how fat they are, how fat someone else is, whose body they wish they had, who has lost weight, who has gained weight and anything else like that.
So often women will great each other by saying things like, “You look tiny!” “You look great, you have really lost weight!” or they’ll sit around and discuss how fat they are, how fat they feel and wait for reassurance from each other, “Oh no, you’re perfect, your body is great, I wish my body looked like yours…” Or, there’s always “did you see what she was wearing? She really shouldn’t be wearing that. Did you notice how much weight she has put on in the past few months?” or “Have you tried the ***** diet? I think I’m gonna try it. I hear you can lose like 10 pounds in a week…”
And this isn’t unique to teenagers or young women. It happens across the spectrum from 9 year old girls to 90 year old women! What is that about? Don’t we have more important things to talk about without perpetrating ourselves and our sisters?
See if you can go just one week without engaging in any fat talk. If someone tries to engage with you, tell her what you’re trying to do. It can actually be relieving to people to stop talking about that stuff and just be with each other and enjoy one anothers’ company without all that pressure of having to discuss who is and isn’t fat and constantly reassuring one another.
You can check out their facebook page and take a pledge to end fat talk now!