Why Women Engage in Fat Talk and How to #FightFatTalk

When women get together in actual conversations or in social media, there is a huge likelihood that the topic would switch to Fat Talk. You and I are probably guilty of it too, sometimes.

Things like, “my legs aren’t legs anymore, they’re logs!”, or “just look at my awfully huge thighs and cringe!”, and of course the usual, “I’m so fat!” These topics are way too commonplace and seriously hit a chord within us.

Special K recently conducted a study and they found out that 93% of women engage in Fat Talk. Just check out this powerful video and tell us what you think in the comments.

Are you guilty of Fat Talk? If so, let us examine the possible reasons and try to fight it with Special K’s empowering Shhhhut Down Fat Talk campaign.

  1. It has become a way to bond between women.

Sadly, women sometimes indulge in fat talk to make other women feel at ease with themselves. Putting ourselves down has become quite a habit that discussing it with female friends seems to make everyone feel a little bit better.

We joke about our thighs, come up with witty remarks about our cankles and how we need bookmarks to keep track of our multiple chins and all that. But come to think of it, is this kind of talk really necessary? Surely, there are other more positive ways to bond?

  1. Fat Talk has more or less become scripted among friends.

According to Dr. Alexandra F. Corning, a research associate professor in psychology at the University of Notre Dame in an article posted in the NY Times blog:

  1. It is better for me to criticize myself first before anyone else does.”

Nearly half of the women surveyed by Special K gave this answer as to why they engage in Fat Talk. Take a look at this Special K infographic.

Fat Talk is negative, hurts our self-esteem, lowers our self-worth, and can become a barrier in managing our weight.

We don’t allow others to bully us, but why do we bully our own selves? You’re beautiful. I am beautiful. We all have gorgeous characteristics that we should focus on. As the New Year approaches, let us make it a habit to focus on the positive and let go of fat talk.

Words are powerful. Let’s make sure they’re positive

Special K has teamed up with supermodel Tyra Banks to help women fight fat talk and take a positive approach to weight management. So how about you, are you planning to join Special K’s #FightFatTalk campaign too?

For more details, visit www.FightFatTalk.com.


  1. Dee says:

    My son-in-law’s from Sweden and he said watching late night TV he’s convinced Americans are willing to try any trick, diet or pill to lose weight. I think this relates to our negative body image which is reinforced by the media whether it’s in print or TV ads. Then go on social media any time of the day and all you see are people talking about the diet their on or how much exercise they’ve done by 7am and the killer are the ones that talk down to or call names to anyone that doesn’t eat the way they would.

  2. Nichol says:

    So guilty, but I did something about it. I’ve learned to look at the positives in me as there are many more pluses then negatives. I don’t think it is right anyone would talk about someone else, but we have to quit it about ourselves as well. Time to definitely think positive. Love this campaign.

    • Dee says:

      You are absolutely right. I had to find the positives within myself also. I think I’ve always been more critical of myself than of others.

  3. Kecia says:

    I’m so guilty of this, even during this pregnancy where the reason I’ve gained weight is because I’m carrying a baby! I need to work on my self-image, and start thinking more positive about myself for sure.

  4. I don’t do it so much anymore, but after having my kids, I felt fat. So I made fat comments as a way to laugh at myself before anyone else could. I’ve since lost the weight and feel better about myself, so the comments have ceased. But still, get me around a group of women who are talking about it and I’d probably join in. I don’t know why we do that to ourselves.

  5. Guilty. :(

    It’s hard not to be hard on yourself where weight is concerned when you’ve spent most of your life with others being hard on your for your weight (or other things).

  6. Jenn says:

    I am so guilty of doing this… Why do we as women feel heavy no matter what. (Notice I don’t even want to use the fat word) Even when I feel good I always think I should look better.

  7. I too am guilty. This post is a great reminder! Love the infographic too!

  8. Fabulous graphic!! I think all women probably do this to themselves at one point or the other. This is a great reminder to focus on the positives!

  9. Yes t0 this whole post. I work at a school and I’m constantly on the kids. I may not be the most PC but some things I just can’t take and this is one of them.

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