Hello, dear readers!
Just wanted to share a recent writing success: one of my essays, entitled “The Very Real Problem of ‘Fat Talk,'” has been published on one of my absolute favorite websites, HelloGiggles! I feel SO blessed (the site was cofounded by the incomparable Zooey Deschanel, after all).
The crazy thing is, the seed of inspiration for this article came years ago, first from one of the books that I read in high school which inspired me to write – Do I Look Fat in This?: Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now by Jessica Weiner – and then by some observations I made as a freshman on campus (and blogged about in the past!). Persistence pays off!
As much as “fat” may be a throwaway word in our culture – one glance at the tabloid headlines in the checkout line will tell you as much – it truly does have some serious negative consequences. But the good thing is, the more we become aware of how we talk about our bodies and those of others, the more we can change our language (and then our perceptions) for the better.
So check out the essay here, and let me know what you think! Agree, disagree, whatever, I’d love to hear your thoughts on “fat talk” and how it is used in our culture (or not).