6 awkward situations every fat girl has gone through
It isn’t easy being fat and fabulous, especially in India. And truth be told, you don’t even have to be THAT fat for people to nosedive into your weight business. Even if you are pleasantly plump, or delightfully curvy, or generally running into double digit dress sizes, you’ve probably had atleast some of these thrown in your face.
“Sorry ma’am we don’t stock clothes your size”
It is quite typical for a curvy, fashion forward woman to go to a clothing store, zero in on a sexy dress only to be told that they don’t have it in the right size. And we’re not even talking plus sizes here. Most clothing brands seem to be of the opinion that only skinny ones can afford the confidence to carry off stylish clothes. The voluptuous ones should just drown themselves under hideous looking kurtas.
“Lose weight, beta. Otherwise, who will marry you”
Woe will befall you if you are fat AND single in India. From nosey relatives to random aunties you’ve probably never met in years, people around you will worry more about your matrimonial prospects being crushed under all that excess weight. They might even gift you a packet of herbal slim tea as a goodwill gesture. So what if you have a boyfriend who loves your curves?
“You would look even prettier if….”
Yes, you are beautiful but conditions apply and you could always change yourself to look prettier so that you finally have their approval. What do you mean you weren’t weren’t looking for it?
“We have this new weight loss program…”
You walk into a spa or a health clinic and they obviously notice that you are fat. Which means you must be pretty desperate to lose weight, right? The lady at the reception will make this rather smart deduction and confidently peddle their latest (and utterly fraudulent) weight loss package without checking what you came for in the first place.
“That thing has 657 calories”
Which you absolutely don’t need because you already have too much calorie karma to balance out, and who better to remind you of that than someone who has no business policing your diet choices.
“You should worry about your health”
People who know next to nothing about your health status will look at your voluminous bum and infer that your heart must be wheezing under all those layers of fat. And that you must be a lazy glutton who spends all day in bed munching on fries. You could be a Zumba instructor, a marathon runner or a professional athlete but who’s gonna believe that?
Roli Kapoor, from the book ‘I am Big. So What?!’ will tell you all you need to know about being fat and fabulous in a society that judges people by their looks.
Shuchi Singh Kalra is the author of two romantic comedies – ‘Done With Men’, and ‘I’m Big. So What!?’. She freelances as a writer, editor and blogger, and runs a writing firm called the Pixie Dust Writing Studio. When she’s not writing, Shuchi likes to travel, read and bake awesome cakes. Find out more at http://www.shuchikalra.com. You can also tweet to her @shuchikalra.