The End of Fat Talk
Disclaimer: In 2014, this piece was featured in the Huffington Post. While we believe in the content of this piece, we have come to realize that the title of the campaign and the term “Fat Talk” is inherently body shaming. Here is why…
Most women, fat or thin, have engaged in fat talk at some point in their life. Many grow up in households where it runs rampant, hearing size shaming comments from parents, watching moms bash their own bodies while getting dressed, having grandparents pinch parts of their bodies or making comments like, “you’d be so pretty if you just lost some weight.” Family reunions are dreaded events for these very reasons.
High schools girls sit around the lunch table picking at their food (some without any food), talking about how many calories are in this and that, what supermodels they want to look like, and whether or not they have thigh gaps. Young boys are starting to engage in fat talk too. They are more obsessed with leanness than thinness, and want to get the six-pack abs.
Adult women go out to dinner and talk about why they can or cannot eat something while looking at the menu. Workplace break rooms are also full of it. You don’t have to look far to see and hear it. It can be subtle or overt, verbal and non-verbal and regardless of how communicated, it is all so very, very damaging.
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Dana Sturtevant is a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher, and self-proclaimed foodie. She especially enjoys blogging about mindfulness, yoga, Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size®, and the Slow Food Movement.