Coming soon to a college campus near you: a ban on "fat talk." Okay, so the ban is voluntary — and temporary — but it's designed to get students to think about the psychological effect of even seemingly innocuous comments like "Omigosh, you look so good — have you lost weight?"
Starting Oct. 18, thousands of young adults on at least 35 campuses will participate in Fat-Talk Free Week, a national campaign to eliminate language damaging to students' body image. The initiative's motto: "Friends don't let friends fat-talk." Participants learn, for example, that when a gal pal asks if those jeans make her butt look big, the best answer may be to persuade her not to ask the question at all.
The anti-fat talk campaign is designed first to help people identify the "thin ideal" — essentially a pre-pubescent girl's body, plus boobs — that is perpetuated by the media and pop culture, and then learn how to reject it in favor of a healthier, more realistic attitude
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The problem is the bovine hormones fed to animals used by factory farms which has contributed to obesity
The corporations are shifting the blame to individual acts when it is their unethical activity that is the cause of the problem.
There is no reason that people must use that kind of language, so why the hell do you care if people challenge themselves to not use it?
I used to say "retard" a lot, but I don't anymore. It's the same thing. Many people challenge themselves to use less defamatory speech
and now you want it to be socially acceptable to be a jackass and just say anything to another person even if it might hurt someone's feelings.
People are trying to get across how "fat talk" can be harmful
Isn't the purpose of discussing body fat to make people conform to society's view of body image?
You conveniently missed the point that this program is all about trying to pressure OTHER people into a certain behaviour.
Something like you do on most threads that deal with your obsessions