The factor: According to research published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly, women who repeatedly grumble about being fat are more dissatisfied with their bodies than those who don’t carp about their figures.
The not-so-obvious: Whining about your waistline has less to do with how much you weigh than how you feel about your body. Researchers found that a woman’s body mass index was not linked to how often she fretted about her flab (in other words, thinner women were just as likely to gripe as heavier women). They also discovered that women believed that fat talk” made them feel better, when in fact it only exacerbated poor body image.
The takeaway: The adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just about belittling others. It also applies to you. Stop badmouthing your body and you’ll start to feel better about yourself.