Fat Talk : No One Likes A Moaner!

A problem shared is a problem halved, right? It’s true that many of us find some peace in talking about our problems. You may realise a resolution that you’d previously overlooked, you might find you rationalise better when you say the problem out loud, or simply getting the issue of your chest can help no end!

However, there’s a fine line between sharing a problem and winging about it, a point that is strongly supported in a recent study by Guibert (2013) at the University of Notre Dame. The study found that those women who engage in regular ‘fat talk’ e.g. the pessimistic discussions many women (and some men) have in relation to eating, exercise and their bodies, were far more irritating to their peers. The optimistic and positive women were better liked and consequently formed better relationships, whereas those who complained were rated less favourably on a scale. Those complaining about their weight despite being in relatively good physical condition were (rightly or wrongly) received with the least amount of warmth out of everybody.


Be positive, form positive relationships, and use the positive energy to fuel your ambition.


University of Notre Dame (2013, May 9). Nobody likes a 'fat-talker,' study shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2013/05/130509154547.htm

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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