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Why Women collude in Fat Talk | Care2 Causes

Why Women collude in Fat Talk | Care2 Causes

In March 2011, in the Psychology Of Women Quarterly , a study conducted by Rachel H. Salk and Renee Engeln-Maddox was published entitled If you are fat then I am humongous. This study examined the types of conversations that women have about the size and shape of their bodies: a phenomenon that both reflects and creates body dissatisfaction in a majority of college women. This type of commentary has been termed “Fat Talk,” and there is a wealth of research on it. In Salk and Englen-Maddox’s study, an overwhelming 93% of participants admitted engaging in such talk. Interestingly, many of these women felt that they participated in it less than other women did, and that they only did so to make the other woman feel better. A typical script may look like this: “My butt looks huge in these jeans.” “What are you talking about? Your butt is super skinny. If anyone looks fat in je...

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