You know fat talk:
- I’m so fat.
- Do I look fat in this?
- You look great! Have you lost weight?
All variations on the same theme — concern over body size that would be better focused on how we feel or our purpose in life or whatever is truly meaningful to the individual. Delta Delta Delta, the sorority that started this week a few years ago, describes fat talk as “all of the statements made in everyday conversation that reinforce the thin ideal and contribute to women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.”
They cite a figure of 10 million women with anorexia and bulimia. But did you know that three times as many people suffer from binge eating disorder than anorexia and bulimia combined? That rachets up significantly the number of people suffering with eating disorders, all of which have a strong component of body dissatisfaction.
The 2010 Fat Talk Free Week campaign “asks supporters to spread the message of Fat Talk Free® Week by inviting their friends and family to share the message of ending fat talk through self-expression and social media.” Here’s a powerful video they put together that might inspire you.