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The Right Message


The pressure to be perfect can be overwhelming. “Children, even preschool children, are exposed to countless commercials and messages regarding weight loss, dieting products and beauty products. These messages, coupled with the anti-obesity campaign, promote the message that fat is bad,” says Dr. Jennifer Harriger, lead researcher at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. As adults, we have been exposed to these messages and understand the pressure from the media to be perfect. We have the tools and the experience...


Change the Conversation


You’ve heard the negative talk: I’m fat; She should not be wearing those jeans; I wish I looked like the model on TV. It is all too common for young people to speak disparagingly about their bodies and the appearance of others. Stop the cycle. Don’t allow the of use negative language when describing physical characteristics. What seems like innocent talk can inspire destructive feelings and actions. Better yet, let’s shift the focus away from appearances and put it towards...


'Fat Talk Free' Week

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"Fat Talk Free" Week is an idea started by the Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) sorority in an effort to end comments directed toward physical appearance. "Fat talk" is defined by the sorority as “all of the statements made in everyday conversation that reinforce the thin-ideal standard of female beauty and contribute to women's dissatisfaction with their bodies.” They note that "fat talk" also includes positive comments on body image. Tri Delta is a sorority that was established with...


Should Doctors Watch the 'Fat Talk'?


With the obesity epidemic growing, more research is being conducted into the role the medical community plays in helping patients maintain a healthy weight. A recent study in the medical journal Pediatrics asked parents to give their reactions to various words used to describe weight, such as obese, fat and chubby. The researchers specifically wanted to know how the parents would feel if a doctor used these words to describe their child's weight. Parents rated the words "fat," "obese"...


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