Negative Talk Can Affect Body Image
If you've ever complained to a friend that you're feeling chunky, that's "fat talk," and it may not be good for your well-being, a study found. Male and female college students were given questionnaires to assess their satisfaction with their bodies, how often they engage in such talk, and their mental health. Fat-talking participants were more likely to be depressed or to have a poor body image than those who abstained from the practice. The researchers say that "empowered" fat talk ("I will lose 5 pounds")may actually be motivational. But simply bemoaning an imperfect body takes a toll on the mind.
Source: Journal of Applied Communication Research, May 2012