Nature and consequences of positively-intended fat talk in daily life

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The current study used ecological momentary assessment to explore the frequency, trait predictors, and momentary consequences of positively-intended fat talk, a specific sub-type of fat talk that involves making negative comments about one?s own appearance with the view to making someone else feel better. A total of 135 women aged 18?40 completed trait measures of appearance-based comparisons, thin-ideal internalisation, body shame, and body surveillance, before completing a state-based component, involving six short surveys delivered via a smartphone app at random points during the day for seven days. Findings indicate that both self- and other-fat talk are common in daily social interactions, and that individuals with higher levels of traitÿnegative body imageÿwere more likely to engage in fat talk. Self-fat talk negatively impacted state body satisfaction levels. Possible theoretical and practical implications are outlined.

AuthorMills, Jacqueline; Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
JournalBody Image
Year2018

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