Amanda Pendolino
May 14, 2013

Stop Calling Yourself Fat, Study Says

Enough with the fat talk!

You might think you’re being modest or relating to your friends when you put yourself down — but a new study says that women dislike women who make disparaging remarks about their bodies, despite their body size.

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame showed 143 college-aged women a series of photos of both thin and overweight women, next to dialogues of “fat talk” as well as positive body comments.

Women who made the positive comments were rated more likable than women who put themselves down.

“Though it has become a regular part of everyday conversation, ‘fat talk’ is far from innocuous,” says Alexandra Corning, the study’s lead author. “It is strongly associated with, and can even cause, body dissatisfaction, which is a known risk factor for the development of eating disorders.”

I don’t necessarily think we should brag about our hotness to make friends (sidenote: ladies, stop “complaining” about your big boobs), but many women are guilty of spreading negativity. It can make others feel like they should join in on the self-bashing, which can only lead to more negativity.

That being said, if a woman is having a hard time with healthy eating or needs help with an eating disorder, she shouldn’t be afraid to seek help. We shouldn’t be overly concerned with being “likable” when it comes to our close friends. Putting on a happy face 24-7 is not what true friendship is.