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We’ve grown up watching them criticise their bodies in mirrors, starving themselves on shakes and stinking out the house on cabbage soup diets.

And it’s pretty obvious that having parents who diet might lead us to forge less-than-positive relationships with food ourselves.But what is less commonly spoken about is how that kind of upbringing might impact on how – rather than what – we eat.

‘Fat talking’, the report says, is the negative vocabulary we use to talk about our own bodies, and hearing this ‘fat talk’ from one’s own family may reinforce notions of self-objectification in women (the study exclusively talked about daughters), which in turn make women less attuned to the internal workings of their own bodies. That ultimately leads them to eat less mindfully and rely more on external cues to guide their eating.

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