Imagine the following exchange between two college women, neither of whom is overweight:
Friend 1:“Ugh, I feel so fat.”
Friend 2:“OMG [Oh my God]. Are you serious? You are NOT fat.”
Friend 1:“Yes I am, look at my thighs.”
Friend 2:“Look at MY thighs.”
Friend 1:“Oh, come on. You’re a stick.”
Friend 2:“So are you.”
A while ago Jenny Stahl contributed an essay Banning Bitchfests, we found a study that show exactly what FAT TALK does to our body image. To fully understand the study and how these results were arrived at read the full study here, it’s dense but worth it.