Testing the norm to fat talk for women of varying size: What’s weight got to do with it?

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lisa Curtin Ph.D., Professor and Clinical M.A Program Director (Creator)
Denise M. Martz Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair (Creator)
Courtney Rocheleau Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: “Fat talk” is the conversational phenomenon whereby people berate their bodies in social circles. This study assessed whether norms of fat talk differ for overweight versus average-weight women. Sixty-three women read a script depicting a fat talk situation during which an overweight or average-weight target woman engaged in positive or negative body talk. Regardless of the target’s weight, participants perceived it to be more typical and less surprising if she engaged in negative body talk (fat talk) rather than positive body talk. Furthermore, fat talk from either weight group did not affect the likeability of the target, but women, overweight or of average weight, who engaged in positive talk were perceived to have more socially desirable personality characteristics.

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Denise Martz, Courtney Rocheleau, Lisa Curtin, Amy Barwick, Doris Bazzini (2012) "Testing the norm to fat talk for women of varying size: What’s weight got to do with it?" Body image #9 pp.176-179 (ISSN 1740-1445) DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.08.003 Version of Record available from (www.sciencedirect.com)
Language: English
Date: 2012
Fat talk, Positive body talk, Thin ideal, Body derogation, Weight-related stigma, Body dissatisfaction

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