Do I look fat in this?
If I could only lose 10 pounds!
You look great! Have you lost weight?
We hear women in dressing rooms, locker rooms, and bedrooms around the world complain about one thing over and over again – their bodies.
In a culture that equates beauty with thinness it’s no wonder that women have become obsessed with the figure staring back at them from the mirror. To many she never seems thin enough, not like the ultra slender women that strut down fashion runways, are splashed across glossy magazine pages, and star in today’s biggest blockbusters.
We are told these women are beautiful. We are told that if we are thin we will be beautiful too. So we strive to attain this thin ideal and along the way destroy our self-esteem and berate ourselves for not measuring up to these unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy, bodies.
Well, it’s high time that women break the thin ideal and start embracing a wider (no pun intended) definition of what it means to be beautiful.
We can start by celebrating Fat Talk Free Week, an international 5-day body activism campaign that raises awareness of body image issues and the damaging impact of the thin ideal on women in society. The campaign was born from the award-winning body image education and eating disorders prevention program Reflections: Body Image Program.
Fat Talk Free Week encourages women to strive for a healthy ideal and take care of their bodies by focusing on health – not weight or size. The campaign encourages women to let go of the fat talk that plagues our every day conversations and promotes a celebration of things about ourselves that have nothing to do with the way we look.
Breaking free from the unrealistic thin ideal of beauty has never been more urgent.
Did you know that:
These statistics are startling and proof that the thin ideal is affecting younger and younger women. They are also frustrating and sad. Imagine all the things women could be doing with the time and energy they spend dieting, exercising, and obsessing over their figures. What kind of world would that be?
Fashion models are thinner than 98% of women – 98%! . They are not the norm, their bodies are not realistic, and for many their figures are unattainable – it’s about time we start acting like it and stop judging our own reflections.
What can you do to help fight the thin ideal?
Statistics thanks to http://www.endfattalk.org/stats.html
Photo courtesy of OperationBeautiful.com (Originally posted on examiner.com - http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1442-Baltimore-Healthy-Living-Examiner~y2009m6d25-Leave-a-note-end-fat-talk)
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