Saying "I Feel So Old" Isn't Funny; It's Harmful to Your Health
You wouldn't call yourself 'fat,' would you?
Calling yourself "old," even as a somewhat self-deprecating joke, may do more damage than you think. New research shows that doing so can make you feel as bad about your body as calling yourself fat. The "old talk" has been linked to greater levels of body dissatisfaction, which can lead to higher rates of eating disorders, anxiety, depression and more physical and mental health problems. The survey -- of more than 900 American, British and Australian women ranging in age from 18 to 87 -- found that all women have engaged in "old talk." The study's results point to a culture obsessed with youth and anti-aging, so many women who fixate on fixing wrinkles and gray hairs can make them hate their body.