Cosmo’s No More Fat Talk Cam­paign

It’s time to end the weight ob­ses­sion.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By As­mita Ag­gar­wal

Are you guilty of us­ing the ‘F’ word? You know, when you tell your­self you’re look­ing ‘fat’, or tell a friend she’s look­ing

‘fat’ in those jeans, or gig­gle about a celebrity’s thighs be­ing ‘fat’? Well, that’s ex­actly the word you need to ban­ish from your vo­cab­u­lary. Why? Be­cause that one, sin­gle word is se­ri­ously hurt­ing you! When you say mean things about your body, you’re hurt­ing your self-es­teem. And harsh­ing on other women’s bod­ies does the ex­act same thing. “That

yard­stick you use to judge their so-called flaws is the same one you use to judge your own,” says psy­chol­o­gist Sheenah Hankin, PH.D., au­thor of Com­plete Con­fi­dence. Which is why Cosmo wants to put out a mes­sage, say­ing that it’s time to stop re­fer­ring to your­self or any other women as ‘fat’. And as all our celebrity friends who sup­port

the cam­paign tell us, it’s ul­ti­mately all about be­ing fit and healthy!


“I’ve felt pres­sure to be thin and it is an­noy­ing. For us, there is ex­tra stress be­cause we have to face the cam­era and look good, al­ways. We kind of live in an era where ev­ery­thing is about weight. So when­ever we see some­one, we see them phys­i­cally first and judge—we all do it, but it’s so wrong! I feel women should not have to worry about be­ing fat or thin, just live life king-size.”


“Sure, if a per­son is just

be­ing llazy and gen­er­ally un­fit,

it’s okay tto push them so they get mmo­ti­vated to lose un­healthy

y wweight, but neg­a­tive ttalk

is ssim­ply harm­ful. Ul­ti­maately, bbe­ing healthy is most iim­por­tant. I push mys­self

to wwork out daily to lookthe wway I do. It’s fine to en­jjoy bbread pako­rass and passta, bbut it’s equally im­por­tant

to bbal­ance it out with a goood rrun or a re­lax­ing half hoour oof yoga.”


“Isn’t it sad how weight can gov­ern a woman’s self-worth? It is a fact that many women try to stay skinny with trend di­ets, and put im­mense pres­sure on their bod­ies to keep up. I felt more healthy as a volup­tuous girl, but the fact is that our so­ci­ety ap­plauds the thin and mocks the fat. But I am ready to change my­self and not be a con­form­ist; it is go­ing to be tough, but it’s not im­pos­si­ble.”


to end ‘fat talk’? “The one think it’s sure-shot way (kid­ding!) I Just gag and your mouth who you are im­por­tant Women to ac­cept be­ing you. em­brace your­self for fun and in­spir­ing need to talk im­prove their lives, about more things that can ac­tu­ally pulls talk that just in­stead of and neg­a­tive body Fat talk is bor­ing them down. to Fat bimbo-ish, and I think the ‘Say No must be en­forced. Talk’ cam­paign


“Just be hap­pyh and com­fort­able with your­self, no mat­ter hoow big or small you are—that’s the only way to ennd fat talk. Be­ing con­fi­dent in your own skin al­wayys makes you a win­ner, ir­re­spec­tive of your size or cir­cum­fer­ence! Plus, when in doubt, re­mem­beer this: men nearly al­ways pre­fer curvy women ovver bone-thin ones.”

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