A recent study conducted by Notre Dame’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab with women ages 8 to 25, who were observed looking at photographs of themselves, revealed that those who engage in ’fat talk’ – critical remarks in relation to eating, exercise or their own bodies – are less popular with other women.
When women were looking at the photos of themselves and making derogatory comments about themselves, whether overweight or not, were rated significantly less likeable by the women who were studying them.
In contrast, the women who were overweight yet made positive statements about their bodies were rated as more like-able. It has been believed that women who engage in self-depreciating comments were seen as trying to fit in and level the “playing field” with other women, but this body of research indicates that the sentiment may not be universal.
Interesting to note.