Denise M. Martz

Historically, I've conducted research on eating disorders prevention, body image, and obesity. More recently, my team has studied fat talk, body snarking of others, and how victimization of interpersonal violence is a risk for poor body image and eating disorders in women and anabolic steroid abuse in young men.  "Fat talk" is when girls and women complain about their appearance with others.  "Body snarking" or fat shaming is when individuals bully others by snarking about their physical appearance.  I call both of these forms of messaging our "feminine enemies." I am currently working on a book that includes feminist and scientific analyses of these toxic types of communications.


Title: Professor of Psychology

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Phone: (828) 262-2272 x429