The old TV series "Baywatch" has been in the news the last couple of days because cast members just revealed there was a 5-pound weight clause in their contracts. In related news, the Huffington post announced yesterday that obese women no longer want to be called "plus size" but now want to be called "curvy."
It is becoming politically correct to enable obesity by giving it cute titles like "big and beautiful" and "curvy," Even "plus size" is a euphemism for fat which is not considered a politically correct term. However, the problem IS fat, because carrying too much fat on the body is a significant cause of disease and disability.
Calling an unhealthy lifestyle by a cute name only enables the unhealthiness. No wonder studies show more and more children are obese in America--they are following the example set for them by the increasing number of obese adults hiding behind monikers like "plus size" and "curvy."
For decades the term "curvy" has been applied to women with builds like Marilyn Monroe whose size 12 in the 1960s would be a healthy size 8 today. In old black and white movies, men would sketch almost a figure 8 in the air with their hands to indicate a curvy dame. An hourglass figure has always been considered curvy. In more recent times, most of the "Baywatch" babes were curvy, and the weight clause in their contracts ensured they stayed that way.
Love handles and pot bellies, on the other hand, are not curves. They are layers of unhealthy body fat which are choking internal organs, putting strain on joints and leading to numerous health problems like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer, knee and back problems, and many other diseases and disabilities.
Being overweight is not healthy. Much like anorexia, obesity is not beautiful. Trying to change the definition of "curvy" from hour glass to obese won't help get rid of the problem which is unhealthy fat. Instead of trying to hide the over-abundance of pounds behind a cute new label, why not try a novel approach instead and eat right, eat less, give up sugary beverages and desserts, drink more water, exercise more and lose the weight?
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