Sex Roles

, Volume 65, Issue 7–8, pp 557–565 | Cite as

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
Original Article


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.


Fat talk Self-accepting and positive body talk Gender Cross-cultural comparisons 



The first author received funding support from an International Student Research Grant within the Office of Student Research, the Graduate Student Association Senate, and the Wiley Smith Family, all administered through Appalachian State University. We thank these groups for their longstanding and generous support of student research. Aside from funding support, these groups had no involvement in any part of this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucinda O. Payne
    • 1
    • 2
  • Denise M. Martz
    • 1
  • K. Brooke Tompkins
    • 1
  • Anna B. Petroff
    • 1
  • Claire V. Farrow
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.School of Sport, Exercise, and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLeicestershireUK

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