Student Counseling Services is bringing Fat Talk Free Week to campus this week as part of an international campaign to end negative reflections about body image.
Too often students negatively compare their bodies to peers or celebrities, resulting in “fat talk,” casual statements that reinforce the thin-ideal of beauty that contributes to women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies, Student Counseling Services said.
Such comments can include “I’m so fat,” “Do I look fat in this?” “I need to lose 10 pounds” or “She’s too fat to be wearing that.”
“We don’t realize how much we say things like that and how negatively it impacts ourselves and other people that we’re around,” Molly McLeese, Outreach Program’s graduate assistant, said.
Statements that are considered “fat talk” can even seem positive, but they still reinforce the need to be thin: “You look great! Have you lost weight?”
“Basically, we’re working to reduce those types of expressions and promote a positive body image instead,” McLeese said.
Student Counseling Services, in collaboration with Campus Recreation, University Housing Services and Tri Delta Sorority, will be hosting a series of events this week.
The “Fact or Wack” Body Image & The Media Game and Resource Table will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today on the second floor of the Bone Student Center.
The same resource table will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the lobby of Schroeder Hall.
Showing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday the Normal Theater will also screen a related film, “Miss Representation.”
“The purpose is to spread awareness of this issue and to promote positive body image and to get Student Counseling Service’s voice out there,” McLeese said.
Even after Fat Talk Free Week has ended, Student Counseling Services will offer free counseling to any student who has concerns about body image, even if it’s just for extra support, McLeese added.
To learn more about Student Counseling Services, call 309-438-3655. More informaiton about the Fat Talk Free Week campaign can be found at bi3d.tridelta.org/home.