Whether you are conscious of your own ‘fat talk’ you should most definitely be aware of how it triggers unhealthy behaviours in your world.
Fat talk will encourage you to skip your work outs, over eat, stay in toxic relationships. As Jillian Michaels said, ,“Fat talk is transcending. It affects your reality and damages you professionally, personally, and physically.”
How can we begin to stop Fat Talking?
If there is something about your lifestyle that you want to change, be proactive and CHANGE IT. Feeling guilty about your lifestyle does not work. Taking action to move onwards and upwards does. Every setback is an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve.
I came across a fabulous article in The New York Times. A group of friends trying on jeans in Gap and as ever some didn’t fit them as they hoped. This led to them putting themselves down immediately, and we have all been there. However, the psychologist leading the study went on to say this’.
It wasn’t that their bodies didn’t fit the clothes; the clothes didn’t fit their bodies.”
Ever since, said Ms. Bates, when the friends try on clothes that don’t fit, their go-to remark has become, This doesn’t get me! And, taking a cue from the positive-image primer, they leave it at that.
This is a great tip and we should all learn from this. We aren’t all going to go to stores and fit into the same styles of clothes. All of our bodies are different make ups and we all have different styles.
Here is the link to NY Times to read the full article, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/fat-talk-compels-but-carries-a-cost/?_r=0
A new study conducted at the University of Notre Dame’s Body Image and Eating Disorder lab found that women were rated less likeable by their peers when they talked fat.
In the experiment, a group of college-age women were given a series of photos to look at of thin and overweight women who were engaging in fat talk. Then they were asked to rate the women on various scales, including how likeable they found them. Those who were making fat talk statements about their bodies ranked the lowest on the likeability scale — regardless of whether they were thin or overweight.