FAT TALK - WHAT IS IT?
Negative language and comments about appearance, shape, size and weight is FAT TALK.
FAT TALK includes statements that reinforce thin beauty ideals and make us feel that "thinness" is more acceptable than "fatness".
“I'm so fat I need to lose weight!”, “If I lost some weight I would be happier!” and “I really shouldn't have eaten that!” are all examples of FAT TALK. They may seem harmless but they are powerful statements that reinforce negative body image and can have a damaging impact on a person’s life.
Research shows that a mere 3-5 minutes of listening to or engaging in FAT TALK can lead some people to feel bad about their appearance and experience high levels of body dissatisfaction.
SO WHAT CAN I DO?
At Butterfly, we would love you, your school, your workplace and community to help us CHANGE THE CONVERSATION and create a more positive environment around body image for men, women and children everywhere.
In 2017, we want your support to encourage more FAT TALK FREE conversations to help one another see how amazing we are, and that we are all deserving of healthy lifestyles and respectful relationships.
It’s a time to challenge the norm of FAT TALK to create a more positive environment to work, live and play. Want to know how you can get involved? Here are a few things you can do!
Take the FAT TALK Free Pledge and make a commitment to shut down FAT TALK, both for yourself, for your friends and in your school. When you hear someone compare their body to someone else’s, or speak negatively about their body, you can choose not to respond and tell them about the negative impact their words are having.
If we all make a decision to be aware and make a change then we can have an amazing impact on the wider community!
The best way to show your support is to SHARE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY and let your voice be heard! That might be your school, your workplace or community group. Butterfly has created some simple resources to help you share with your community such as POSTERS, FACT SHEETS and TALKING POINTS. You may even want to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Butterfly and support the work that we are doing in this area.
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