Individuals and chapters are encouraged to get involved with Fat Talk Free® Week in any of the following ways:
- Host an event (Click here for a peek at some of our ideas!)
- Engage on social media: Facebook | @BodyImage3D | Pinterest
- Take the Fat Talk Free® Week pledge
- Participate in the daily themes and challenges (See schedule below!)
- Challenge yourself and those around you to eliminate fat talk from their conversations
- Download FTFW printable resources for your event
- Change your Facebook cover and profile pictures to support FTFW
What is Fat Talk Free® Week?
Fat Talk Free® Week is an international, 5-day body activism campaign to draw attention to body image issues and the damaging impact of the 'thin ideal' on women in society. This annual public awareness effort was born from Tri Delta's award-winning body image education and eating disorders prevention program, Reflections.
The purpose of Fat Talk Free® Week includes:
- Educate others about the damaging impact of pursuing the thin ideal and the use of fat talk on women of all ages
- Inspire change in the way we think and feel about our bodies
- Promote a healthy lifestyle and one that urges individuals to live a balanced life in mind, body & spirit.
When is Fat Talk Free® Week?
This year, Fat Talk Free® Week will be celebrated during the week of October 21-25, 2013. Should this week conflict with the schedules of any group or organization willing to participate, an alternate week may be selected.
Monday - Friends Don't Let Friends Fat Talk™
- Help us spread the message about Fat Talk Free Week by changing your social media profile pictures! Select from the photo and graphics available here .
- Share the Fat Talk Free® Week pledge with friends and family, promising to eliminate the use of fat talk from conversations with yourself and with others.
- "Like" BodyImage3D on Facebook to stay up to date on all the facts, tips, events and resources that will be showcased throughout the week.
- Follow us on Twitter and stay actively involved with how Fat Talk Free Week is being implemented across the country!
Tuesday - FTFW Event Showcase
- Host a campus, chapter or community event educating others about the damaging impact of the thin ideal and the use of fat talk on women in society.
- Make sure to submit your event information to be featured by BodyImage3D!
- Share pictures from your events online and tag Tri Delta and BodyImage3D!
- Fat Talk Free® Week is being sponsored by Operation Beautiful! Use the FTFW post-it notes (mailed to each Tri Delta chapter in August) or create your own note and share positive body image messages in a public place throughout the chapter house, campus or community as inspiration for others.
- Participate in the monthly Twitter Townhall with Operation Beautiful @BeautifulNotes and BodyImage3D @BodyImage3D
- Share pictures of you, your chapter or your organization participating in Operation Beautiful!*
Thursday - Wear the Hashtag
- Promote FTFW participation and interaction by wearing the Fat Talk Free® Week hashtag (#FTFW). Be creative! Write it on your hand, create a shirt or make a button.
- Encourage your members to take a picture of how they are choosing to share the hashtag and upload it to social media!
- Use the hashtag #FTFW throughout the day to allow our powerful message about fat talk reach as many people online as possible!
Friday - Fat Talk Free® in Review
- Check the BodyImage3D social media outlets and website for a recap of the week. We'll highlight photos, videos, interviews and more from both individuals and chapter participation in Fat Talk Free Week 2013!
Fat Talk describes any statement that reinforces the thin-ideal standard of beauty and contributes to women and men's dissatisfaction with their bodies. Examples include:
- "I'm so fat."
- "Do I look fat in this?"
- "She should not be wearing that!"
- "Does this make my butt look big?"
- "I need to lose 10 pounds before I wear that."
Where did Fat Talk Free® Week come from?
In 2005, Tri Delta partnered with Dr. Carolyn Becker, a professor and researcher at Trinity University to pilot a groundbreaking peer-led eating disorders prevention and awareness program, designed for sorority women. In 2008, the program was branded and renamed Reflections: Body Image Program and Tri Delta began disseminating this first evidence-based, peer-led eating disorder prevention program repeatedly shown to work by independent scientists, among its collegiate chapters. In the process, Tri Delta recognized the prevalence and damaging effects of chasing the thin ideal and 'fat talk' on women of all ages in our society. Therefore, to compliment Reflections, Tri Delta launched Fat Talk Free Week as a major body activism movement for all women using the principles of Reflections.