Let’s Talk Fat Talk

April 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm 10 comments

So, with the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the minds of pretty much everyone in the media, Kate’s wedding diet, the French “Dukan Diet” is considered health news for today. I’m not really here to bash this specific diet or make any major comments about the royal wedding, but rather I’d like to talk about why we as a group of people are so interested in how other people are getting skinny?

In my earlier post on fat talk I discussed how women will verbally bash their bodies with other women in an almost ritualistic “I”m so fat!”, “No, you aren’t, but I’m huge” conversation. Why is it that we are so willing to talk about our bodies, rather than talk about our health? I’m sure some of you know what I’m saying. Whey we’re with the skinny girls we talk about how “you’re so thin”, and when we’re with the heavy one’s we talk about how “no, you look good”! Why are we so fixated on looks rather than actual health? Why can’t we talk to one another about health? Why is it so hard to say, you know, you look great, but more than looking great we could go for a walk together, or rather than saying, no, you’re fine, we could share a favorite healthy recipe?

Weigh in America, what do you think? Do we just talk about our actually looks because they are more obvious or do we need to discuss the way we look? Is it even possible that our society could shift from simply discussing how we look to discussing our health?


Entry filed under: diets, Dukan Diet, fat talk, weight, weight loss.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CBT  |  April 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I think fashion has a lot to do with it. Why can’t we all just wear muumuus?!

  • 2. changehealth  |  April 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    i like your cartoons… your blog is good.. i think its more organized than others in our class. good job

  • 3. Ellen  |  April 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I really like this post. Great insights! I definitely agree that we are very caught up in our appearances and rather than actually doing something about it, whether we’re too big or too skinny, we just talk about it… Definitely something to think about and change in our conversations.

  • 4. davwatkins  |  April 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Good questions, I think it might be forced to look at health in the future not how we look.

  • 5. kathrynfillmore  |  April 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Great insights!

  • 6. jennielnew  |  April 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I definitely agree, that diets should be about a shift into healthier eating instead of just about the weight loss. Although I don’t think that that mindset will ever be achieved by the general public, we can definitely promote it 🙂

  • 7. lisacorrigan  |  April 10, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Yeah, it’s too bad that it’s just part of our culture to always talk about our weight. Negatively talking about our weight doesn’t do us any good, and only leads to unhealthy behavior.

  • 8. amandakoch  |  April 10, 2011 at 5:22 am

    it’s about the the behavior, not just the result. In the book The Influencer, they discuss that the most effective way in changing behavior is by focusing on small goals, and not the long term outcome.

  • 9. wholefoodlife  |  April 19, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Interesting thought. Perhaps its our values that are wrong. If we value the right things, our conversation will follow?

  • 10. azatgataullin  |  April 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Food is great but health is what we need to start each day


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