Take A Spring Break from Fat Talk

“My butt looks so big in these jeans!”
“Ugh, I feel so fat today.”
“You think you’re fat?!  Look at me!”

image847038Do any of these statements sound familiar?  This is “fat talk,” a term coined to describe the phenomenon of individuals commenting on their body dissatisfaction, and in particular, using speech that reinforces the “impossible-to-achieve” cultural standards of beauty and attractiveness.  Fat talk has become the norm; it’s what we do when we go to the restroom, when we’re getting ready in the morning, when we’re shopping–and it doesn’t take a lot of fat talk to make an impact.

Research indicates that engaging in even 3-5 minutes of fat talk increases body dissatisfaction (Stice et al., 2003).  And not only does fat talk negatively affect you, it also adds to the toxic environment around you, thereby impacting others as well.  Since a whopping 93% of women engage in fat talk, it can be difficult to escape (Salk and Engeln-Maddox, 2011). REbeL is committed to changing the culture of our schools and communities by raising awareness of fat talk and its effects, and by promoting an end to fat talk along with healthy acceptance of self and others.