Cut the Fat Talk: Sorority Encourages Building Better Body Images With Fat Talk Free Week
"I'm having a fat day."
We pretty much all stand guilty of muttering these words as we stare in the mirror, and, it's not just the grown-ups dissing their bodies. Young girls, tweens and teens refer to their body images in negatives, too. It's often, "I don't like my thighs" or, "I think I'm fat." Rarely, "I look great!"
But, national sorority Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta for short) wants the put-downs to stop, at least for five days during its third annual Fat Talk Free week, taking place from Oct. 18 to 22.
Fat Talk Free Week is an attempt to draw attention to the damaging impact of our own fat talk and dispelling the image of the "thin ideal" for women in today's society. No negative words allowed.
The nationwide event highlights the sorority's Reflections: Body Image Program, a peer-led project designed to help sisters maintain positive body images through small group interaction. Tri Delta chapters across the country are encouraged to host Fat Talk Free Week events throughout the week for their schools and the surrounding community.
"Body image right now is down the flusher for so many young people," Lynn Grefe, president of the National Eating Disorders Association, tells Time magazine."It's one thing to have nice ads that say 'Feel good about yourself,' but what they're doing at Reflections is really groundbreaking."
The association estimates that almost 10 million women in the United States suffer from anorexia or bulimia.
Fat Talk Free Week was started at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Perhaps one day, the week's motto will be put to use every day: "Friends don't let friends fat-talk."
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