Fat Talk Free Week


Wake Up to Fat Talk

Fat Talk is a conversational trap of habituated and mindless speaking. We not only use  it on others, but it is also how we talk to ourselves.  Frequently it’s used as a starter or how we greet old friends… “Wow, it looks like you have lost weight” or “Gosh, I have really put on a few pounds”.

This is Fat Talk Free Week, sponsored by Delta Delta Delta sorority; it’s an effort that’s been going on for several years now and is gaining foothold as more of us wake up to what fat talk is doing to our self esteem and hence our lives.

We at Green Mountain at Fox Run invite you to take The Pledge to challenge yourself and others to bring Fat Talk into your awareness and start making changes in the language you use.  You’ll have to sign up to take the pledge but you’ll enter a site filled with ideas and support to help you end fat talk in your life.

Awareness of our internal dialogue can dovetail with Fat Talk Free Week as we actively work on being in charge of our thinking and speaking.

  • Notice your own fat talk
  • Start to befriend your body
  • Move from body negative to body neutral self talk

The site also provides alternatives to fat talk and suggests you can challenge yourself and your friends or family to 100% fat talk free discussions about work, the world, favorite television shows, etc. Avoid talking about food in terms of fat intake, calories consumed or the need to work out afterwards.

Use this Fat Talk Free Week to help create cultural shift, add kindness and consciousness to your conversations with others and to being compassionate with yourself.

What one thing can you do today to help raise awareness and stop fat talk?


2 responses to “Fat Talk Free Week”

  1. Coach Jennie says:

    One of my dear friends pointed out to me that I use the “F” word to describe myself too often. I act like it’s funny and self-deprecating, but it’s really sad and self-sabotaging. Thanks for this fantastic post, reminding women to be kind to themselves and shut down that negative self-talk!

  2. Marsha says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a great friend there, Jennie! Have a great weekend!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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