By Song My Hoang
Delta Delta Delta held their annual Body Image 3D campaign from Monday, Oct. 21, to Friday, Oct. 25. Body Image 3D is an initiative that aims to promote healthy living of the mind, body and spirit. It encourages individuals to have a positive outlook on their body image.
TriDelta dedicated last week to educating people about ‘fat talk’. Fat talk is any statement regarding physical appearance that puts you or others down.
Ruwimbo Makoni ‘15, one of the twelve ambassadors toBody Image 3D, explained, “Fat talk is one of those things that we all use in many different ways. Sometimes people don’t realize it’s something they use. That’s scary.”
Fat talk affects people of all genders, ages and cultures. It is a global issue that is being addressed in many different contexts and settings. “We do it so much that it becomes a habit,” said Makoni.
Students engage in fat talk all around campus. We hear the same comments everywhere. Sitting in Reamer, you can catch brief conversations that go along the lines of: “I’m too fat to eat this,” “I’m not going to eat the whole day” or “I hope eating this doesn’t make me fat.”
Fat talk can even be found in a simple compliment like, “You look really good today. Have you lost weight?” Although this remark has a good intent, it implies that the person only looks better because he or she became thinner.
Makoni mentioned, “You could be sitting in Reamer and have no idea whether someone has struggled with an eating or mental disorder. It’s one of those things that people don’t want to talk about for a very long time.”
Each individual has a unique personality and characteristic that he or she should embrace. “Everybody has so many great differences that they bring to the table. That’s really what this week is about,” said Makoni.
TriDelta planned events to convince people not to fixate on the overpowering thin ideal emphasized by the media, family, friends and peers. Throughout the week, the sisters of TriDelta were tabling during common lunch. They asked everyone to sign a pledge to end fat talk.
On Monday, they worked on the ‘Fertile Campaign,’ where they had people take photos of their favorite body parts.
At their sorority house, they implemented ‘Mirrorless Monday,’ which involved the covering of all the mirrors in the house.
Makoni remarked, “We are the hardest on ourselves. It all starts with the mirror. The thought behind this act is to believe in yourself and to show everyone how beautiful you are”.
They set out tablecloths, each marked with a positive question, in Reamer on Tuesday. These questions ranged from, “What are your dreams and goals?” to “What do you love about yourself?”
‘Operation Beautiful’ is a program led by a woman who decided to hang Post-It notes with positive comments. TriDelta wanted to support this spirit and posted anonymous notes all around campus on Wednesday.
Throughout all of the buildings on campus, posted on mirrors, doors and windows, were a variety of compliments to reinforce a healthy self-image.
On Thursday, TriDelta held a meditation event at their house. It was a session that focused on methods to obtain a healthy perception of the body.
TriDelta physically bashed fat talk outside of Reamer on Friday: they had a huge piñata that people could hit to pieces. They handed out fun event-themed goodies that aimed to get their message across, such as erasers that said ‘erase fat talk’ and 3D glasses, which symbolized the idea of living three-dimensionally. “TriDelta will try to hold more Body Image 3D events throughout the year,” stated Makoni.
Many people were genuinely interested in the campaign and wanted to get involved. There was a diverse group of students that attended the events. Faculty and staff also came to support this initiative.
Makoni acknowledged, “Honestly, if I tried to change myself, I wouldn’t be myself anymore. Everybody is beautiful in their own way.”