Fat talk refers to conversations in which women criticise their body shape, despite often not being overweight.
The overwhelming majority of college women – 93% – engage in “fat talk.” You know, in the “Ugh, I feel so fat in these jeans” vein of griping. Many women say they think fat talking with their friends makes them feel better about their bodies, but a new study suggests the opposite may be true.
The study showed that women who complained about their weight more often – even if they were thin – were more likely to have greater dissatisfaction with their bodies. They were also more likely to buy into the media’s thin ideal.
A typical exchange:
Friend 1: “Ugh, I feel so fat.”
Friend 2: “OMG. Are you serious? You are NOT fat.”