Fat-talk is new pillow talk
They may be fat. But they live with no feelings of guilt, anxiety or hostility. This was revealed in a survey conducted by LSR College. Dr Kanika Khandelwal, a lecturer with LSR's Psychology Department said, “We conducted a study on the effect of 'fat-talk' ,or social pressure to be thin.
"We found that peer pressure to be thin promotes body dissatisfaction, but this factor has no negative effect.” Eighty students were randomly assigned a scenario — where a thin, attractive student complained about how fat she felt and voiced intentions to lose weight or a control condition.
A questionnaire was handed over these students. Five minutes later, another talk was conducted where a student talked about neutral topics like weather and movies.
After this talk ended, a questionnaire was handed out students. The results showed that the students who had been exposed to the ‘fat-talk’ were greatly dissatisfied, but there were no feelings of guilt, anxiety or hostility.