Eating Recovery Center In the News: The Huffington Post
In the latest installment of Dr. Weiner's Huffington Post blog, he discusses "fat talk" and the implications of these weight-related conversations for those with a predisposition for developing an eating disorder. Simple Words, Serious Consequences: What 'Fat Talk' Means Each day, we're on the receiving end of a barrage of messages through more and more mediums that encourage us to be thin. It's the yogurt commercial glamorizing disordered eating thoughts or the tweet urging followers to read an article describing "good" and "bad" foods for weight loss. The underlying message might be cloaked in a word like "beautiful," "fit" or "healthy," but more often than not, there's an implied association with thinness. Under this steady pressure, it's not uncommon to internalize thin ideology, engrain it in our thought processes and behaviors around food and body image and even impress these same ideals on our loved ones. These conversations stressing the importance of weight loss -- with others or ourselves -- have been coined "fat talk" by professionals in the mental health field. We've all done it at one point or another, muttering under your breath about your pants that used to feel much looser or asking a friend or loved one if an article of clothing makes you look fat. "Fat talk" is not always damaging -- in fact, for many people, these conversations can be a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle and encourage sound eating and exercise habits. However, these seemingly harmless, offhand remarks place an emphasis on weight as a measure of worth, which can have unforeseen and sometimes devastating consequences for individuals prone to eating disorders. Read more.