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Fat Talk Free Week: A Chance to Mentor Each Other

My friend and colleague Dr. Carolyn Becker is one of the most inspiring women I know.

She is the co-author of Reflections: Body Image, an evidence-based curriculum which scientifically proves that when women come together to support one another in attaining and maintaining healthy body image, we can break through the culture bias against curves and learn to embrace, talk, and walk a body-love counter culture.

Given my own work with MentorCONNECT, it is easy to see why Dr. Becker is one of my personal heroes!

Reflections birthed a movement called “Fat Talk Free Week” that urges all women everywhere to just say “no” to “fat talk” and “yes” to their slogan in action “Helping Women Achieve Healthy Body, Mind, & Spirit.” Sounds great to me!

Dr. Becker and her team have launched a special video contest on facebook to help us all learn how we can mentor others and help this world become a body-friendly place. This has special meaning to the millions of women around the world who are suffering from eating disorders, disordered eating, body hate, and low self esteem.

We may feel overwhelmed deep within ourselves at the thought of climbing the mountain of recovery, but when a friend reaches out her hand and says “come on – I’ll go with you!” we rise to the occasion.

From October 18-22, we will be rising to the occasion during “Fat Talk Free Week 2010.” Dr. Becker sent me some special words of encouragement for how we can all take part in this effort, and for Today’s Takeaway I want to encourage all of you to get involved!

From Dr. Becker and the Fat Talk Free Week Team:

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) are once again partnering with Tri Delta and The Center for Living, Learning & Leading in the 3rd annual Fat Talk Free Week, and there are many more opportunities to be involved this year.

Instead of producing a video – this year we are holding a grass roots social media campaign and a video competition. Our goal is to get a minimum of 10,000 fans on our facebook page – which means we need 4000 new fans before Fat Talk Free Week. The video competition is currently open! So please visit the facebook page – and encourage your friends, family, patients, former patients to do so as well and become involved.

The campaign is enormous fun. It involves sharing our message of Friends don’t let Friends Fat Talk. Tri Delta has purchased 75,000 static cling details to be spread around the world with this message – and I can say from personal experience – this is fun to do. You can also download the image from the facebook site.

So please join us by visiting the Fat Talk Free Week Facebook page at to help us to remove Fat Talk from the world. On the site there is more information about how you can get involved in the campaign, participate in the week and how you can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy. The actual week in October will involve voting on the videos submitted.


Carolyn Becker, PhD FAED

Associate Professor, Trinity University

Clinical and Scientific Director, Reflections Body Image Program

Fat Talk Free Week: A Chance to Mentor Each Other

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2010). Fat Talk Free Week: A Chance to Mentor Each Other. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 29, 2020, from


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