Gender comparisons of fat talk in the United Kingdom and the United States

Lucinda O. Payne, Denise M. Martz, K. Brooke Tompkins, Anna B. Petroff, Claire V. Farrow

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This study compared different forms of body talk, including "fat talk," among 231 university men and women in central England (UK; n = 93) and the southeastern United States (US; n = 138). A 2 (gender) by 2 (country) repeated measures ANOVA across types of body talk (negative, self-accepting, positive) and additional Chi-square analyses revealed that there were differences across gender and between the UK and US cultures. Specifically, UK and US women were more likely to report frequently hearing or perceiving pressure to engage in fat talk than men. US women and men were also more likely to report pressure to join in self-accepting body talk than UK women and men.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-565
Number of pages9
JournalSex Roles
Issue number7
Early online date22 Sept 2010
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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  • fat talkSelf-accepting and positiv
  • self-accepting and positive body talk
  • gender
  • cross-cultural comparisons


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