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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (1): 111-119.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00111

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Fat talk: A psychological communication

WU Shuangshuang1; LYU Zhenyong1; CHEN Hong1,2; WANG Yuhui1; XIAO Zilun1   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Southwest University; 2 Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality
    (Southwest University), Ministry of Education, Chongqing 400715, China)
  • Received:2015-04-07 Online:2016-01-15 Published:2016-01-15
  • Contact: CHEN Hong, E-mail:


Fat talk is a social phenomenon related to discussing the physical appearances, especially referring in terms of self-degradation about body size, shape and eating habits among females. Expected beneficial effects of fat talk about one’s own body might include receiving others’ comfort, support and good impression management. However, Fat talk has a negative impact on body image, emotion, well-being and eating disorder symptoms. Future research should emphasize longitudinal research designs on effects of fat talk and broadening the standard research methods.

Key words: fat talk, self-degradation, body dissatisfaction, eating disorder