Growing up in a home with five women, I learned at an early age to complain about my weight, otherwise known as Fat Talk. Of course it’s not something that I am proud of, but let’s be honest: most women openly complain about their weight. I feel like it’s second nature to say things like “Ugh, I am so fat,” or “I feel so fat today,” or “Do I look fat in these jeans?” and it never really occurred to me how wrong this way of thinking was until Angeline began puberty and I started hearing her saying the same exact things.
It broke my heart, and ever since then, I’ve tried to address weight in a positive way. I’ll admit that I sometimes slip, but overall, I really try to address any weight issues in a positive light, or not at all! When Angeline makes comments about being fat (which she isn’t, but being a teenage girl, has that typical teenage body dismorphia), I shut it down right away. There will be no Fat Talk!
Why? Because Fat Talk weighs women down. Special K® believes that Fat Talk is a barrier to managing weight and when so many women do it on a daily basis, we’re all just that much further from reaching our goals. Have you seen that SNL skit where the women all run into each other on a street corner, and when one of them compliments the other, they immediate say something like, “OMG I am such a cow!” It was funny, but incredibly sad…because it’s only a slight exaggeration of how we behave!
According to a recent survey, nearly half of women say that they engage in Fat Talk because they feel it’s better to criticize themselves before someone else does. Why do we think that others are going to criticize us for our weight? Believe me, you are way more worried about your weight or appearance than anyone else is. 62% of women in this survey said that they actually feel like they have to join the Fat Talk, making disparaging remarks about themselves when they hear other women doing it!
Fat Talk is bad for all of us! Instead of getting involved in Fat Talk, and keeping the Fat Talk going, put an end to it. FIGHT FAT TALK.
Special K® has proven that a positive approach is the key to weight management success, so let’s join together to silence this negativity about our weight once and for all!
Special K® has partnered with Tyra Banks, a woman known for embracing her body, to help help shift the weight management conversation to a more positive one. Why? Because being positive is so important to success in any path in life, and weight management is really no different.
In my personal experience, I have found that losing weight and getting healthy is much easier when I focus on the positive and have a optimistic outlook. Special K® knows how important being positive is to weight management success and after doing some research, found that 93% of women Fat Talk. 93% people! Special K® found 1,434,556 instances of Fat Talk online, with only 4,544 instances of positive talk. There is something seriously wrong with those numbers.
“I know firsthand how much criticizing your body negatively affects self-esteem, but as a role model, I try to maintain a positive attitude and healthy approach to managing my weight,” says Banks. “That’s why I’m excited to partner with Special K to help empower women to not only feel confident about their bodies, but also to remove those negative thoughts and show them how to employ tips and tricks to make their least liked physical attributes look better.”
Special K® offers a wide variety of delicious, guilt-free products for women who are conscious of their weight. Product offerings include snack and breakfast options that provide protein and fiber, which allows us to satisfy our taste buds and feel full without indulging in too many calories.
To help women with their weight management journey this New Year, Special K offers a variety of delicious food options and is inviting them to participate in the Special K Challenge, an easy, effective way for women to kick-start their weight-management plan in 2014. You can find more information about the Special K Challenge by visiting SpecialK.com.
Check out this infographic about Fat Talk for some startling statistics found in the Special K survey, and visit www.FightFatTalk.com for yourself and help us SHHHHut down Fat Talk!
Oh yeah, and if you hear ME engaging in Fat Talk? Tell me to shut it!