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Body Image. 2013 Sep;10(4):462-71. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.010. Epub 2013 Aug 30.

Body talk and body-related co-rumination: associations with body image, eating attitudes, and psychological adjustment.

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Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Norfolk, Virginia, United States.


Talk about physical appearance and body image is common among young women. We investigated how body talk (negative, positive/self-accepting, and co-ruminative) is related to body image, body-related cognitive distortions, disordered eating, psychological adjustment, and friendship quality via hierarchical regression analyses (controlling for social desirability and body mass index). In a sample of young adult women (N=203), negative body talk was, as predicted, negatively related to body satisfaction and self-esteem and positively related to appearance investment, body-related cognitive distortions, disordered eating, and depression, but not friendship quality. Self-accepting/positive body talk was negatively related to body-related cognitive distortions and positively related to body satisfaction, self-esteem, and friendship quality. Body-related co-rumination demonstrated adjustment trade-offs, being related to body-related cognitive distortions, disordered eating, and higher friendship quality. Results indicated no advantage to negative body talk, both individual and relationship benefits from positive/self-accepting body talk, and mixed outcomes for body-related co-rumination.


Body image; Body talk; Co-rumination; Eating attitudes; Fat talk; Friendship

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