027 Fighting Anorexia – Smash Fat Talk

by Anne-Sophie

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“You are ugly. Your thighs are fat. Your butt is too big. You look fat in those jeans. I have gained way too much weight, I look horrible. Everybody around me is prettier than I am. I will never achieve something because I am too fat. I wish I looked like him/her, then my life would be so much better. If only I had a different body… .”

Can you relate to any of these thoughts?
Unfortunately, way too many men and women can. Way too many people bring themselves down by saying horrible things to themselves.

So, what can we do to stop this negative self-talk?

  1. Become aware of your fat talk.
    Take a notebook and write down how often you talk negatively about yourself.
  2. Encourage new thoughts.
    Think of positive things about yourself, things you like in your surroundings, interesting books you have read lately and anything else that is not not related to your body.
  3. Think about the impact fat talk has on your feelings.
  4. Consciously correct yourself if you engage in fat talk.
  5. What’s behind your fat talk? What are your true issues when you say hateful things about yourself?
  6. What triggers you?
    Negative comments of friends? Magazines?
  7. Start giving compliments to others.
  8. Check out what celebrities really look like.
  9. Make it a positive game. For every negative comment, you have to find 3 positive things about yourself.
  10. Just stop it!
  11. Talk to your friends about fat talk.
  12. Be a better role model.
  13. Boost your body image.
  14. Think about women you admire — and why.
  15. Don’t compare your body to others.
  16. Appreciate your body for what it can do instead of what it looks like.

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Valerie Tucker January 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

This was brilliant! Exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks so much, Anne-Sophie, for everything you are doing.

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Anne-Sophie January 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Dear Valerie, I am so glad you found this episode valuable. I had a hard time recording it, for some reason. Xoxo

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Valerie Tucker January 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

Why?

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Anne-Sophie January 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

I just did not get into the groove, I guess.
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Moreen Dale January 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Awesome as always!

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Anne-Sophie January 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thank you so much, Moreen. It means a lot to me to know you liked the episode.

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Danna Croft January 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I can relate to fat talk so much. And you are so right when you say that these thoughts come automatic. I will write the instances down when I think negatively of myself and my body in the next week. I think it is a great suggestion.

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Anne-Sophie January 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Great, Danna. Keep us posted on your process. And remember, try not to judge.

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Samantah January 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

One of my biggest triggers is being criticized. I am very self-conscious and when someone points out a flaw, I tend to feel super bad about myself and my body. I will try to stop this though. Thank you for this important topic, Anne-Sophie.

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Anne-Sophie January 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I understand, Samantha. I hope that you can stop it because you are fabulous, especially WITH your flaws (which we all have).

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Peyton Clarkson January 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

and while you are at it, why not also smash your scale? :)

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Anne-Sophie January 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hahaha, Peyton, that’s a brilliant idea. Let’s do that.

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Jamie Houglum February 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks for your justification. I prefer to make out the print Marcy

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Anne-Sophie February 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thank you for your comment, Jamie! What do you men by “make out the print”?

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