Talking badly about your body is never a good look.
When was the last time you told your friends you thought your butt looked too big, or explained how much you wanted to lose just five pounds? How many times have you played verbal tennis, volleying back and forth about your body issues?
Ninety-three percent of women do it, no matter their weight. It's a bonding ritual-or at least that's how it seems, both to women everywhere and psychologists who study body satisfaction. But emerging research on fat talk-those disparaging comments about your own weight and body-suggests that, far from endearing you to other women, it could make them like you less.
To test what women really think when others fat talk, Alexandra Corning, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and director of Notre Dame's Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab presented 139 college women with one of four types of photos. The photos were of either thin or overweight women, accompanied by a caption relating either a fat-talk statement or positiveRead More »from Stop Fat Talking—It's Hurting Your Friendships