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Table 4 Old talk content thematic analysis summary

From: I’m not just fat, I’m old: has the study of body image overlooked “old talk”?

Theme Definition Example responses Initial responses % Entire conversation % Kappa
Denial Participant denies that friend is old “You don’t look old at all!” 60.65 51.5 .84
Empathy Participant indicates that she and others can relate to feeling old and concerned about ageing appearance “I know, I feel the same, it just catches up with you when you aren’t looking and it’s only going to get worse.” 13.45 14.75 .75
Ageing is natural and positive Participant implies that ageing is natural, positive and/or inevitable “Aging is natural and beautiful.... I wish I had wrinkles, they make you look wise. 18.15 28.7 .75
Evidence Friend provides evidence to support the statement that she is actually old “I disagree, LOOK at them.” - 35.35 .74
Causes Participant discusses or inquires about the causes contributing to friend’s belief that she is old and showing visible signs of ageing “It’s from smiling and laughing too much” - 4.35 .92
Action Participant suggests or prompts plan of action to address feelings “If you’re so worried, get some decent anti-wrinkle cream, nothing to lose!” - 15.2 .80
I’m old, you’re not Participant disagrees by commenting on her own signs of ageing “That is so not bad. Look at my wrinkles” - 8.9 .84
Discount Participant or friend rejects the other’s denial that they are not old “Yes I do, look at these!” - 23.75 .71
Disengage Participant actively dismisses and tries to stop the old talk “Girl, don’t even go there. You are gorgeous.” - 5.85 .90
  1. Note: Cohen’s kappa coefficients reported here were calculated for the analysis in which the coders analyzed the entire conversation. Kappa for initial response coding was .83.