Gender Comparisons of Fat Talk in the United Kingdom and the United States

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Denise M. Martz Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This study compared different forms of body talk, including “fat talk,” among 231 university men and women in central England (UK; n=93) and the southeastern United States (US; n=138). A 2 (gender) by 2 (country) repeated measures ANOVA across types of body talk (negative, self-accepting, positive) and additional Chi-square analyses revealed that there were differences across gender and between the UK and US cultures. Specifically, UK and US women were more likely to report frequently hearing or perceiving pressure to engage in fat talk than men. US women and men were also more likely to report pressure to join in self-accepting body talk than UK women and men.

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Denise M. Martz, Lucinda O. Payne, K. Brooke Tompkins, Anna B. Petroff & Claire V. Farrow (2012) "Gender Comparisons of Fat Talk in the United Kingdom and the United States" Sex Roles volume 65 pp. 557-665 Version of Record Available from ( DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9881-4
Language: English
Date: 2012
Fat talk, Self-accepting and positive body talk, Gender, Cross-cultural comparisons

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