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Fat talk and body image disturbance : a systematic review and meta-analysis

Mills, Jacqueline and Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew 2017, Fat talk and body image disturbance : a systematic review and meta-analysis, Psychology of women quarterly, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 114-129, doi: 10.1177/0361684316675317.

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Title Fat talk and body image disturbance : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Author(s) Mills, Jacqueline
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Journal name Psychology of women quarterly
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 114
End page 129
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-03
ISSN 0361-6843
1471-6402
Summary Although the link between fat talk and body dissatisfaction is well established, the link between fat talk and other body image disturbance components remains underexplored. Our meta-analytic review explored the cross-sectional, experimental, and longitudinal relations between fat talk and body dissatisfaction, body surveillance, body shame, pressure to be thin, thin-ideal internalization, body checking, and appearance-based comparisons. We identified 35 relevant studies via electronic databases. Meta-analyses provided effect size estimates based on study design and whether fat talk was the predictor or outcome of body image disturbance. Results showed that fat talk is related to a broader range of body image constructs than just body dissatisfaction and that accumulated evidence from longitudinal and experimental studies—although limited in number—suggests it is more plausible that fat talk is a risk factor for these body image constructs, rather than a consequence of them. Nevertheless, the suggestion that fat talk may play a role in the causal sequence of body image issues highlights this as a potential area of intervention for researchers and clinicians. Given that fat talk is common and often well intentioned, awareness-raising exercises for parents and peers may be necessary to curb its incidence and impacts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0361684316675317
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
1701 Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090154

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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