Members of the Phi Epsilon chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi want to change the image many young women see in the mirrors today.
As part of the 2nd Annual “Fat Talk Free Week,” the Southern Miss sorority is sponsoring two important events on the Hattiesburg campus. On Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shoemaker Square, the chapter will hold a “Trash Fat Talk” demonstration. At the same time and place on Thursday, Oct. 22, a “Ties That Bind” event will be held.
Designed to change individual perception, the “Trash Fat Talk” event involves students writing a single body concern on a slip of paper, crumpling it and throwing it into a trash can.
“This body image program has made a remarkable impact on other campuses worldwide,” said Shannon Hauptmann, lead peer facilitator with Phi Epsilon and a Tri Delta member. “It is my hope and duty to make it a success as Southern Miss as well.”
“Fat Talk Free Week” (Oct. 19-23) was inspired by the Tri Delta’s Reflections initiative, the first peer-led body image education and eating disorder prevention program. The program counters thin ideal pressures that begin in childhood. A major component includes putting an end to all “fat talk,” or statements in everyday conversations such as, “I’m so fat” and “I need to lose 10 pounds.”
“Reflections is excellent for Southern Miss women to build positive body image life skills,” said Lisa Moore, assistant director of Greek Life at Southern Miss. “I am proud of the commitment the Tri Delta women have put forth in addressing “fat talk.’ ”
To date, Tri Delta has rolled out its Reflections program to 22 chapters across the country, impacting more than 6,600 women. National statistics shows that more than 10 million women are battling an eating disorder which is more than four times the number of women suffering from breast cancer.
“We are all guilty of looking in the mirror for the sole purpose of ‘fixing something,’ whether it’s your hair, makeup, etc.,” said Hauptmann. “The next time you approach a mirror I challenge you to recognize an emotional quality you like about yourself rather than a physical one. Instead of verbalizing, ‘ugh, my hair looks terrible today,’ recognize the fact that ‘at least I have hair.’ Learn to love yourself for who you are and the body you were blessed with.”
For more information about the Reflections program visit www.bodyimageprogram.org. To find out more about Fat Talk Free Week go to www.endfattalk.org. To learn more about the Southern Miss events contact Hauptmann at 985-807-6316. Or
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