What Is Fat Talk?

PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION

Fat talk is conversation that over emphasizes someone’s weight rather than discussing his or her health. By talking about weight too much, it may reinforce negative or anxious feelings of one’s body image.

  • “Fat talk” may indirectly convey harmful norms of what someone should or ought to look like. Some examples include:
  • “My thighs look so fat today.”
  • “I haven’t worked out this week, I am such a fatty.”
  • “She lost so much weight; I wish I was that skinny.”

Why is Fat Talk bad?

Fat Talk can easily trigger unhealthy behaviors, whether the comments are consciously processed or not. Putting yourself down verbally creates reverse inertia in all aspects of your life. Instead of getting healthier, Fat Talk will motivate you to overeat, skip your workouts, and stay involved in toxic relationships. Additionally, even if you don’t ‘hear’ your own Fat Talk, your friends and family members will, and it harms them.

How do I stop Fat Talk?

  • Consciously correct yourself. Replace those thoughts with something realistic and positive.
  • Don’t compare your body to others.
  • Appreciate your body for what it can do.  If you feel down and are Fat Talking, try going for a walk and enjoy being outside.
  • Participating in more positive language about your own and others body image, Here are some more examples of positive affirmations you can give to yourself and to your friends:
    I love your/my hair

    You/I have a pretty smile

    Your/my body is as it was meant to be

    Your/ my thighs are strong 

    I love your/my skin 

    You/I look healthy

Source

Adapted from “Operation Beautiful” http://www.operationbeautiful.com/release-form/how-to-become-fat-talk-free/