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The Problems of being Slim

Updated on June 21, 2011

The problem of being Slim, (not Anorexic)

This is a light-hearted article, which also has a ring of truth to it, for people who desperately want to be Slim. I am not fat, nor thin but I used to be very slim and write this from experience.


Problems of being Slim

a) Complaints – The whole world and their mother complain that you don’t eat, even though you know you really do. Some people eat such large portions of food but fortunately burn calories fast, so stay slim. Whereas, some people only look at a slice of cake (without eating it) and still put on a few calories!


b) Wrong perceptions - People think you are anorexic and forget that some people are naturally slim until after they have kids, then they naturally fill out and add some weight - both men and women.

c) Invisible - People don’t see you in the rush hour. I am fortunate that I don’t have to take the Underground Tube to work anymore. At the rush hour it’s so packed, people pushing people. So, the slim people become invisible. You’re so slim, they can’t see you and you could get really squashed. (see photo below)

London Underground
London Underground

d) Feather Weight – At certain tmes of the year, we have gale force winds in UK. Extremely windy – if you are drivng a car, you’d panic because it shakes. Now, how is a slim person supposed to walk through that? I remember in my 20s, I was so slim at such times – honestly, if was about to cross the road, waiting for the lights, I used to hold on to the traffic light poles and even that used to sway abit. The only difference between me and the lady below, is that I was at the bottom of the pole, holding on to it.

Those who were not slim just walked on confidently.


So, don’t be in such a bother to get slim. As a lady, Celebrate your Curves and as man well, it’s nice to be cuddly. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶


Food for Thought….

☆҉‿ The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook. ~ Andy Rooney

☆҉‿ Don't hate me, but I've always been skinny. I got lucky.
Malin Akerman

☆҉‿ The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~Author Unknown

☆҉‿ Dieting is wishful shrinking. ~Author Unknown

☆҉‿ I'd much rather be known as some curvy Kate than as some skinny stick. Kate Winslet


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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK


      Thanks for your comment. Interesting how our bodies react in different ways. Glad you stopped by. Best Wishes.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Now and then I get tossed by the wind, forcing me in directions I did not intend and it is kind of strange to feel cool or cold when others around you are sweating. Andy Rooney's observation is spot-on.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @rasta1 - ha ha... I like that. Keep fit. :-)

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I am skinny and skinny people live longer than medium weight people. Everybody over 90 years old is skinny. lol.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @ImKarn - Thanks Leslie, I will check it out. Best Wishes. :-)

      @Mindy Broyer - You are so right, no matter our size, we are self conscious. Thanks for sharing your story. As long as you are happy, that's all that counts - ignore the taunts. They just wanna be slim like you. :-)

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      Mindy Broyer 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Love this! I have always been very thin due to a medical condition (crohns). I struggle to keep weight on which can be just as frustrating as trying to lose it. I have gone my whole life being called "skinny bitch" and anorexic. I think a lot of people don't realize that ridiculing someone for being thin can hurt just as much as ridiculing someone for being overweight. Women can be self-conscious no matter their size.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Hmmm...i thought i just left a comment but it seems to have disappeared!

      I repeat: You and i seem to have much in common - besides the sexualization of girls, we now have the skinny issue as

      i wrote this a while back on a different site. It's called 'the skinny girl diaries: skinny girls have rights too!' lol

      no pressure, of course - but - enjoy if you get the urge, my friend!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Ha ha The Taco Tagger. That means you have a warm heart. :)

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      Jim Jimbo 6 years ago

      I am a very cuddly man evidently ^_^

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much Stars439

      Best Wishes

      Elena xx

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank You. This was really and interesting fun, and exciting read. I learned a lot from it too. God Bless You Precious heart, and your family, and loved ones.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Acaetnna - Good to know. Glad you stopped by. :)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      I would hate to turn sideways and become invisible!! An athletic figure is great. I would hate to be over weight! My husband does prefer something to get hold of though!

      Great hub as always Lady_E!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Alladream - Totally agree with you. :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Nice light article (no pun intended).True, you have to muscle your way on the underground transport.

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Lol, yeah of course ;-)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Prasetio - True. Everything has consequences. Regards.

      ** Dreamreachout - Aaawh, that is lovely to know. A breath of fresh air. I'm glad and look forward to the Hub. Best Wishes.

      ** Hi MPG Narratives - That was a mean nick name. I'm glad you are comfy with yourself now. Thanks for stopping by.

      ** Royal Mark. I bet you do. lol :)

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Toothpick... Funny name. I like it ;-)

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My nickname was 'toothpick' when I was younger so I can relate to this hub. I remained skinny until I turned 40 but you know, I always wanted to have some curves so I'm happy with my body now anyway, especially because my nickname is no longer toothpick.

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Elena, we are just back from a holiday in the himalaya mountains. The quaint little place is called Lava, about 700kms from my city. I am preparing a hub on the place and hope to publish soon!! Cheers!! :)

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      JP993 6 years ago from England

      Waving back, with a cheeky grin : )

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was nice information. I had never thought about this before, because many people want to be slim. But actually everything has consequences. Thanks for share with us. I learn much from you. Rated up!


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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Anglnwu - lol. I can understand you. Mums do complain a lot, especially as they feed us so well, but we still look skinny. Thanks for your encouraging words. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

      ** Hi Kitty - It's good to know about your Mum. Thanks for sharing your experience. Some people naturally have "slim genes" even after many kids. Best Wishes.

      ** Edw4 - Mmmmmh.... thanks for sharing that. :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Dreamreachout - so lovely to hear from you again. Hope you and daughter are fine. :)

      ** Thanks Fitness - That's a nice way of putting it. Why should we over-stress ourselves to be slim? Glad you stopped by.

      ** JP993 Thanks for coming by again. (Waving at yah).

      ** KhMoshin - Keep your mind positive and build confidence in yourself. I am sure you still have a decent personality or even better but it's what you feel that matters. Check out my Inspiring Website at

      I hope it uplifts you. Take care...

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      edw4rdcull 6 years ago

      There are risks to be skinny to be pretty fat is good to know

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and awesome! My mom is actually one that has a problem with keeping the weight on her. People torment her just as much, if not more, than people with too much weight! They say she needs to eat more and put on some more pounds, etc. She has finally reached a weight where she feels is healthy and in between heavy and too skinny. Great hub, Lady_E! I enjoyed this one a lot.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Haha--I remember my mother would shake her head and comment that my skinniness is bringing her much disgrace--it's also a sign of poverty (in the days when Chinese people are slim and poor...not so now). Always love your hub and this is no exception. Exceptionally entertaining!

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      khmohsin 6 years ago

      I really love to read your hub,As these days I am also trying to get slim,I also remember those days when I was thin and have decent personality.

      Anyways thank you for sharing with us..keep it up.

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      JP993 6 years ago from England

      ;). That's great that you run a site like that. Feel free to use it, hopefully will make a few people think.

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      Fitness Fitness 6 years ago from Kolkata..India

      Whether you would be naturally slim or a little heavy normally depends on one's body type. But to me we must not overdo to get slim. It doesnt matter whether you're slim or curvy. Its more important to possess a good strong fit body. That can help one to look more hot and beautiful. Overstressing yourself to get slim may also lead to various diseases. But at the end I must admit this hub is quite useful.

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Elena, its much better to be slim .. atleast the heart has less mass volume to pump all that blood!! However, you have a different message in this hub and I understand and appreciate that as well!!


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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks so much Sun-girl for stopping. Lovely name.

      ** Glassy. lol that's true. They wouldn't recognise you unless you had a "6 pack". Oh life.... :)

      ** Fucsia - thanks for sharing your experience. Mmmmh... you know how it feels.

      ** Harvey Stelman - thanks for your comment and stopping by. Hope your new book is doing okay.

      ** Hi Nancy, thanks for sharing that. Heidi was on the Cat Walk a few weeks after having a baby. Jeez, she's super-fit. Lovely to hear from you. xx

      ** JP993 - Aaawh... you have to get the Tube? It's such a nightmare. I like that phrase "The Sexiest women are the one's comfortable in their own skin". I will definitely share it on a Twitter account I run for people who suffer with Anorexia - it's Care4Anorexics. You're a man of Wise Words JP. :)

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      JP993 6 years ago from England

      I get the tube mon to fri in rush hour, it's not fun. The sexiest women are the one's comfortable in their own skin. And regard to C, if that is you in your avatar I can't imagine anyone not noticing you?

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      Heidi Klum said it best, "I represent more the healthy, happy, curvy, strong woman. And that sounds much healthier to me than being 80 pounds and skinny as a bean.

      Cheers :o)

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Lady, And all guys HATE you! H

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      You're welcome.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Hello - that's the best way - being comfy with yourself. Thanks.

      ** Fit2day - thanks for that comment. It's good that you feel happier now.

      ** Ahorseback - that is a lovely attitude. If only we could all look past weight issues. Cheers for that.

      ** Hi Cari - I was thinking of including that actually. Always being cold. At work, I was always the only one who still wore a cardigan in the summer. lol. Lovely to hear from you. Hope you get to see Prince William and Wife when they visit you in summer this year. :)

      ** Hi Philipo - I am surprised. I thought African men liked their ladies being robust. Interesting to know. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Dave - I agree there is a difference b/w being slim naturally and being bony & anorexic. Glad you stopped by.

      ** RoyalMark - Lol. I did. I was such a feather weight. Thanks for sharing your witty comments. Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Sweetie - Well.... maybe 10kg more would at least stop the pole from swaying. lol. Thanks

      ** Dexter - Thanks Dexter. I like your new Avatar.

      ** Ruby - That's true. I never thought about it like that. If your fat, people talk - if your thin people talk. Hmmmh..... :)

      ** Rickrideshorses - somehow I don't think you could get blown away by the wind with your horses Rick. :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I am slim too, not very slim, but sufficient to attract complaints from someone and worries from someone else!

      Great idea write this Hub!

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      Glassy 6 years ago from Aus

      If you are a male and you are skinny, people seem to not recognize you as much, but if you are female, it's a different story.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Interesting and funny hub which really made me happy at the sight of reading this hub. Thanks dear for sharing. Cheers.

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      Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Lady_E - Its actually an individual thing. Some people prefer being skinny while others prefer being on the large side. Some men also prefer skinny ones while others prefer plus size ones. It all depends on the individual. Personally though, I prefer them skinnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      I remember I was very thin when I first met most of my husband's family and they thought I looked "sickly." Also when I was thin I was always cold - which is a major problem during the winters here in the Northern Plains.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Lady E , I know we all have to be healthy but truley , when I look at people , especially woman, I see the whole person , Tiny , portly , there is so much beauty in them that I always come away with a beautiful picture. Awesome hub.:-}

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      fit2day 6 years ago

      I was skinny before high school and I hated it. I was so grateful when I finally started putting on some muscle.

      Thanks for letting everyone know that being skinny is overrated

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You've said it, it is a problem. Fat sticks like glue not matter what. I've given up and just make sure I am healthy.

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      Rickrideshorses 6 years ago from England

      Yes, as a man it's easier to be pushed and shoved around - and of course blown over by the wind

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Enjoyed this. I guess i'm lucky, i don't gain weight. I do feel for people who have a problem. I guess being too skinny is just as bad as being obese, never thought about it before. Thank's for sharing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub! Really makes you think about how we view slim folks. Funny!!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      This is funny Lady_E, you have put the thoughts of a slim person perfectly when you say about the pole. It might be symbolic but i donot think 10 kg more weight would fight strong winds better.

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Hahahahaha... I almost fell off my chair with laughter. funny hub

      Lol.. Invisible Lady, I'm happy you didn't get missing in the underground tube sha

      By the way, do you mean to tell me that in your early 20's, you held traffic poles when the weather was so windy?

      I love slim people though, so get ready to do some slim-fitting.

      #Amara Arielle - Guess you don't look so skinny now. :-)

      #Paulgc, that little pot belly is so good for you. :-P. No more slipping in-between gaps of a drain cover :-)

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Lady_E: I fully agree with you on this one. I love and appreciate the beauty of a slim or slender woman. The only thing that worries me is if her slimness looks anhorexic or just slim and as you are aware, there is a huge difference between the two looks and the health between the two.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Mentalist Acer - Thanks. Good to see you.

      ** Cheers Nikashi - I'm glad you see the funny side now. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      ** Hi Robwrite - You just can't please people in this world. lol. As long as you're happy with yourself, that's what matters. Thanks

      ** Lol Paul - "Slipped through the gaps of a drain?" That's worse than being invisible. lol. It's only natural in life that we all add a little weight as we grow older. I'm sure 98% of our parents are not as slim as they used to be when younger. Cheers.

      ** Thanks FGual for those wise words. "Everyone should accept themselves the way they are." Nice of you to stop by. Hope you enjoy this summer.

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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Hello Lady E, great hub. Everyone should accept themselves the way they are, but we know being overweight is unhealthy. Trying to stay slim through diet and exercise is the way to go, just don't let your bones show. Bones are not attractive and should be covered with flesh.

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      paulgc 6 years ago

      Hello Lady_E,

      I was so thin when i was younger that i nearly slipped through the gaps of a drain cover,lol.My little pot belly now prevents that from happening.

      I have enjoyed reading your last few funny hubs, comedy suits you,

      thanks for sharing

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Oh my .... your comments made me chuckle everyone - Thanks so much...

      ** Hi Susan - Thanks for sharing your experience. It's nice someone else understands. Best Wishes.

      ** BBnix - I love your sense of humour. Hope you have/had a good time at the beach. :)

      ** Saddlerider - Ha ha... You certainly have good taste and oh... I still think you are related to Kenny Rogers. Glad you stopped by.

      ** Amara - Mama mia!! You just said it as it is. It's nice to know you are confident in your own skin. Thanks for sharing. :)

      ** JP994 - Don't you just hate the Tube at peak time. Thanks for encouraging the ladies.

      ** Wrath Warbone - That is such a funny comment. Oh, I'm laughing out loud. "They walk b/w the raindrops?" lol. I'm glad you dropped by to share that. Cheers. :)

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      Rob 6 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      I was once told I was too thin. I kept hearing it until I suddenly heard I was too heavy. Somehow, I never found a weight where people thought I looked good.

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Great Hub...Being a slim guy, not unhealthy mind you. I used to get a lot of comments from people. Eat, you don't eat enough. If you ate what I ate per day. Between 4000 - 6000 cals you would be huge. Will always be this way and can not do a single to change it. Yes, have to run around the shower to get wet. My favorite thing in the world is when a stranger walks up to me and says "your too skinny". It is always someone that is horizontally challenged, never fails. Used to get mad, now I just find humor in it. Thanks

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I love Thin Mints as well as Big Bites,lol.;)))

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      Terry Chestnutt 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Skinny people are hard to see in a darkened room. It is so easy for them to hide from the law. They never get caught. And they never get wet because they can walk between the rain drops.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hah...I think me and saddle have much in common...and I love loving women in ALL shapes and forms...

      Amara, your boyfriend is a lucky man.. You, Just ask Susan, and Lady_E, all sound awesome.....

      Thanks, Lady_E for such great fun...and my favorite subject!!!

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      JP993 6 years ago from England

      Ahhhhh a pic of the typical, packed central line. Great hub, women do need some meat on them.

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      Amara Arielle 6 years ago from Beaufort, South Carolina

      I have always had my curves. I was the first girl to wear a training bra, the tallest girl in class, and the butt that made everyone call me J-Lo in middle school. Back then I was curvy but still really skinny, and now I'm more curvy all over. If I had a choice between the two? I like who I am now. I look at pictures of myself when I was really skinny and I just didn't look right. Now, about ten pounds overweight, some days I hate my thighs but all in all think I'm a pretty sexy lady when I'm laying naked in front of my boyfriend and I see the giant smile on his face. :)

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Very informative write, I personally have all my life been attracted to a slim woman. Never have been a huge bust admirer, however a tight body athletic body has been this Saddlerider's taste. I agree with the curves BB they are essential and the beaches. Ah Heck I must confess, I simply love the Scent of all woman, Uwa...he he

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hah...way cool insight..personally, I love curves...and way cool seems like you've got that covered..

      Wow, I didn't know it got so windy in the UK, and for mass transit, we're still sitting here, alone, in our own cars, in traffic jams more often than not here in sunny Southern California...the heck with all that..I think I'll go to the beach instead today...ha ha ha

      Nice hub...keep up the good work, my new friend..

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to be slim myself and it was always Eat Susan Eat You are too skinny. Even though now I consider myself a bit over-weight people still say to me You're not fat look at me. I am 5'9" so I guess I am lucky that way as the extra pounds are harder to see. Enjoyed your hub!


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