Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about Dieting

Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about Dieting

Mimi Nichter


Teen-aged ladies hate their our bodies and vitamin obsessively, or so we listen. information tales and stories of survey learn frequently declare that as many as 3 women in 5 are on a nutrition at any given time, they usually grimly recommend that many are “at possibility” for consuming issues. yet how a lot will we think those scary tales? What do young ones suggest once they say they're dieting?

Anthropologist Mimi Nichter spent 3 years interviewing heart college and highschool girls―lower-middle to center category, white, black, and Latina―about their emotions bearing on visual appeal, their consuming conduct, and weight-reduction plan. In Fat Talk, she tells us what the ladies informed her, and explores the effect of colleagues, relatives, and the media on ladies’ feel of self. Letting ladies converse for themselves, she supplies us the human part of survey statistics.

Most of the white ladies in her research disliked anything approximately their our bodies and knew all too good that they didn't seem like the envied, hated “perfect girl.” yet they didn't vitamin loads as speak about weight loss diet. Nichter wryly argues―in truth many of the women up to inform her―that “fat speak” is one of those social ritual between associates, a manner of being, or growing unity. It permits the ladies to teach that they're inquisitive about their weight, however it lessens the urgency to do something approximately it, except vitamin from breakfast to lunch. Nichter concludes that if something, women are observing their weight and what they devour, in addition to attempting to get a few workout and devour “healthfully” in a manner that sounds less worrying than tales concerning the epidemic of consuming issues between American girls.

Black ladies, Nichter realized, get away the burden obsession and the “fat speak” that's so pervasive between white ladies. The African-American ladies she talked with have been even more chuffed with their our bodies than have been the white ladies. For them, good looks was once a question of projecting perspective (“’tude”) and relocating with self assurance and style.

Fat Talk takes the reader into the lives of women as daughters, delivering insights into how mom and dad seek advice from their young ones approximately their altering our bodies. The black women fashionable their moms’ power; the white ladies defined their moms’ personal “fat talk,” their fathers’ uncomfortable teasing, and how they and their moms occasionally dieted jointly to flee the relatives “curse”―flabby thighs, plentiful hips. relocating past detrimental stereotypes of mother–daughter relationships, Nichter sensitively examines the problems and struggles that moms face in mentioning their daughters, relatively on the subject of physique photograph, and considers how they could support their daughters flow past inflexible and stereotyped photos of excellent beauty.

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