Back in September, Choices featured a story about body bullying — or the trend of judging, criticizing, and nitpicking other people (and ourselves) based on appearance. Along with that article, we featured a list of movements that spread body positivity. On that list was an annual campaign called Fat Talk Free Week, which is organized by Delta Delta Delta, a women’s fraternity. Now that week is finally here (Oct. 20-24) and we think it’s worth celebrating!
The purpose of the five-day event is body image awareness and eliminating fat talk. Not sure what that means? Here’s how they define the phrase:
Any statement that reinforces the thin-ideal standard of beauty and contributes to women and men’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.
That means no remarks like: “I feel so fat today!” or “Doesn’t he look huge in that outfit?” Anything that negatively discusses someone’s body is off limits. Can every week be Fat Talk Free Week? We think it’d be an amazing idea!
Encourage the teens you know to get involved! Tri Delta’s site includes a pledge to take, as well as printable resources. Did you know 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being “fat”? That’s way too many, and likely a trend that continues into teen years. This is exactly why such a week is so important.
What are you waiting for? Take the pledge now! Then spread the word using the #EndFatTalk hashtag on social media.
To read the “Body Bullies” story from Choices, click the image below! It includes a list of additional body positivity movements you can get involved in: