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Fat Talk Free February

FAT TALK describes all the conversations that reinforce unrealistic beauty ideals and contribute to women and men’s dissatisfaction with their bodies. “Do I look fat in this?” “I hate my arms!” and “I wish I had a flat stomach”. These are all examples of fat talk. They may seem harmless but they are powerful statements that reinforce negative body image and left unchallenged, can have a damaging impact on a person’s quality of life.

Research shows that a mere 3-5 minutes of listening to or engaging in fat talk can lead some women to feel bad about their appearance and experience heightened levels of body dissatisfaction.

Change the Conversation

During February we would love you to help us CHANGE THE CONVERSATION and create a more positive body image for men, women and children everywhere.

So for the month of February, we want your support to encourage more Fat Talk Free conversation, to support one another to recognise how amazing we are, and that we are all deserving of healthy lifestyles and respectful relationships.

It’s a time to celebrate, have fun and challenge the norm of fat talk to create a more positive environment to work, live and play.

Take the Pledge

Take the Fat Talk Free Pledge and make a commitment to shut down fat talk, both for yourself and for your friends. When you hear someone compare their body to someone else’s, or speak negatively about their body, you can choose not to respond in kind, and tell them about the negative impact their words are having.

It’s not only for you and your friends, but if we all make a decision to be aware and make a change then we can have an amazing impact on the community.

Contact Information

For more information on Butterfly’s Fat Talk Free February and how you can get involved, please email

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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›