You might be conscious
about being overweight but make a point to avoid talking about your obesity
with others, as nobody likes it or is interested in.
have noted others are going to despise you if you talk about your obesity. They
said that routine statements such as talking about bodily appearances, exercise
habits, or eating are generally disliked by others.
Corning, the research associate professor of psychology and the director of
Notre Dame's Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab conducted a study with his
colleagues where some college going women were given a series of images of thin
and fat women who were having a fat talk.
The study was
presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference.
subsequently asked the women to rate the pictures on various parameters such as
popularity, likeability, etc.
The researchers found
out that women indulging in fat talk were rated least likeable irrespective of
whether they were obese or not.
Prof. Corning said,
"The take-home message is that if women engage in fat talk in the hope of
enhancing their social bonds, their attempts may have the effect of
The behavior is
omnipresent and scientists believe that nine out of every ten women indulge in
mentioned, "Though it has become a regular part of everyday conversation,
'fat talk' is far from innocuous."
She added. "It is
strongly associated with, and can even cause, body dissatisfaction, which is a
known risk factor for the development of eating disorders."
The experts said,
"This study does not test that assumption, but it instead asks women how
much they like a fat-talker."
Dr. Corning believes
that her research can help the national efforts to stay away from fat talk in
Corning wishes to conduct a follow-up with
advanced research on the same topic.