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."
Fat Talk Free® Week is an annual five-day body activism campaign, typically held in October, that draws attention to body image issues and the damaging impact of the "thin ideal" on women in society.
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.
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
When is Fat Talk Free® Week?
This year, Fat Talk Free® Week will be celebrated during the week of October 20-24, 2014. Should this week conflict with the schedules of any group or organization willing to participate, an alternate week may be selected.
The Week Before - Take the Pledge & Chapter Education
- Using the Tri Delta resources provided, educate your chapter about Fat Talk and Fat Talk Free Week.
- As a group, determine a creative way to sign the Fat Talk Free Week® pledge.
- "Like" BodyImage3D on Facebook & follow on Twitter to stay updated on all the facts, tips, events and resources that will be showcased throughout the week.
Monday - Friends Don't Let Friends Fat Talk™
- Upload the Friends Don't Let Friends Fat Talk graphic as your cover photo.
- Change your social media profile pictures to the Fat Talk Free Week logo.
- Upload photos of your chapter taking the Fat Talk Free pledge.
- Share the Fat Talk Free pledge on social media.
Tuesday - Wear the Hashtag
- Whether it's writing it on your hand, making a T-shirt or wearing a button, find a creative way to wear the #endfattalk.
- Take photos of your hashtags and share them on social media.
- Sponsored by Operation Beautiful™, write encouraging notes and leave them on campus or in the Tri Delta facility where others can see!
- Inspire others with kind words that are not based on appearance, but on worth and integrity.
- Submit photos on social media.
Thursday - Fat Talk Free Week Event Showcase
- Have you hosted a Fat Talk Free Week event on your campus or in your chapter this week? If you haven't already, today's a great day to host one!
- Submit your chapter's event information.
- Share photos from your chapter's Fat Talk Free Week events on social media!
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. Both individual and chapter participation will be featured!
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.