For years, we have grown up on a diet of ‘thin is in’. Well, a weighty response has come from blogs written by fat people in the US, now called the ‘fatosphere’. This is the fightback from those who are sick of having had to retreat inch by inch against the slim majority. Now, many may believe that you can never be too rich or too thin. And it is no one’s case that to be too fat is healthy.
But, the girth of the matter is that there are some people who will never achieve Kate Mossian statistics, no matter how little they eat or how much they work out. Most people of generous proportions live all their life in fear of being made fun of. A fat person is considered jolly, which explains why Santa Claus goes “ho, ho, ho’ and not something like `good to see you again.’ Or why Obelix, that most loved of Gaulish comic characters, has to come out with lines like, “I am not fat, my chest has slipped a bit,” when called a fatty. Let us take popular culture. While Hollywood has always had the waif-like Audrey Hepburn, the stick-like Gywneth Paltrow and now the non-existent Paris Hilton, our own leading ladies had a bit of meat on them. From the southern comfortable Hema Malini to the pleasantly plump Rani Mukherjee. But, alas, no more, the age of the stick-insect is slowly taking over here too.
As for those of us not averse to a nibble of butter chicken or a ghee-soaked halwa, there are dire warnings all around that this could well lead to an early grave. And other biting comments, of course. The only consolation is that it takes all types to make the world go round. Or is that rotund?