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What It Means To Be Plus Size

Updated on February 28, 2017
Plus Size Lady
Plus Size Lady

Once upon a time, a world had existed where only slim people were considered attractive. Everything evolved around them. They were given huge modeling contracts to sport some of the most fashionable and trendy clothing. They were the preferred choice for many Television advertisements. They dominated the soap opera TV shows and became the prototype of what the perfect man or woman should look like. People who had on a little more meat on their bones had lost a lot of self-confidence because of this prototype human being. Many thicker ladies saw their self-esteem take a meteoroid dive while the confidence slim ladies sky rocketed. But things began to change later down in the 21st century when people were just fed up of trying to fit in. Trying everything they could to become slim and to be that perfect human being. Then a small movement of larger women came out, they spoke out about the discrimination in size and got support from many groups. What happened next was a total shift in the tide. The plus size was born. Soon an evolution had happened. Slim people were seen as un-attractive while the plus size ladies were flocked feverishly by men. TV Shows were begging them to come on-board, fashion clothing lines were pouring millions into their bank accounts to sport their brands. The plus size had taken over and there was no turning back. Then the alarm rang and frightened me out of my sleep!

What Really Is Plus Size?

If you understood the hypocrisy behind the name "Plus Size" many of us wouldn't even bother to use the term. But it is the more adaptable and friendlier name of saying fat or overweight. So what really is plus size? Let's dissect the meaning.

  1. Size: This is actually the mass and weight taken up by any object. They use size to signify a norm in body weight and height. The norm is slim built.
  2. Plus: If you have more weight and height than the "norm"

So they standard they set to determine size is slim build, while adding plus to state that the person is overweight. Make no mistake about the name friends, the words "Plus Size" is very discriminating.

Clothing Adventures For Plus Size

The truth is that women tend to be much more sensitive about their weight than men do. A woman's' body is her temple, it is part of her confidence ticket. If a woman doesn't look and feel good within herself she will most likely fall in mode I term "Weight Depression." In this mode, the plus size woman will feel embarrassed, lack confidence and most of all not feeling sexy in their clothing. Being plus size is a big concern for many women, it does not matter the age, race, or occupation. Woman who are plus size had it really difficult at one point to find suitable clothing, don't get me wrong, they still do, even if many of these clothing stores had made adjustment to accommodate larger males and females. The accommodation is really quite limited.

A lady or Gentlemen who is plus size will most likely have much more limited variety of clothing. Manufactures do not see a big stake in making specific clothe for these people. Most of the so called fashion houses will never have anything in XXL or maybe Large for that matter. They do not want their clothing line to be seem feasible to the "Plus Size" as this may make their fashion statement take a nose dive.

When plus size people do find stores and clothes which may fit them they still have to scrutinize the type of clothes to buy and how will the clothes make them look and feel. Let me shed a little light on what I am talking about here. Plus size people have to understand their body shape in order to find suitable non-embarrassing clothing. Bright and dark colors are a plus for the Plus size. Color plays an important role when hiding that extra fat. When you wear dark colors, your bulky areas will look smaller. Colors such as dark blue, brown and black, deep green will go well. Wear Longer Tops, if you want to not let those bulky areas show, your best bet is to wearing long tops. If you have a belly or big buttocks, ensure to buy longer tops. A long top likewise elongates your torso and allows you to look slimmer. Avoid too much loose clothing. If you have a lot of fat, you don't want your clothing to be flowing in synchronization like a wave at a football match. This only exposes those extra waste belly and any other bulky area more. Likewise if your clothing is too tight this is basically fat exposure. Wear moderate in between loose and tight to have a more comfortable and relaxed feeling.

But one of the worst things that happen to many plus size people especially women is when they walk into fashionable clothing stores and right before your eyeball moves from the entrance to a the underwear rack some store assistance confronts you telling you that they don't " have your size." Many plus size people feel very embarrassed when this happens. Some will just simply turn around and walk away while others will tell the store assistant a good piece of their mind.

Plus Size Lady
Plus Size Lady

Eating While Plus Size

Many plus size people have faced what I call food discrimination. This type of discrimination can be netted out by anyone, it could be friends, family and strangers. Sometimes even the person who is taking the orders at a restaurant will have the audacity to recommend what a plus size person should eat. Friends and family also take part in you’re so called "meal recommendation" This is how the food discrimination unfolds. The plus size individual walks to a restaurant with three friends of "normal" weight. They find a table and everyone is laughing, chatting and having a good time. The waiter comes to take the orders and all three "normal size" persons order double beef burgers with bacon cheese fries, coffee and fried onion rings in bar-b-cue sauce. The plus size person simple says "I think I will have that too." Then the food discrimination train rolls in on track, all at once everyone has a say into what they think you should consume. "No, I don't think this burger is good for you. How about a lettuce leaf and a slice of tomato?" Then a next recommendation pops in, "How about we get her/him a salad kabob and some water?" They even begin to ask the waiter what foods are available which don't let you gain weight. The only thing left for them to offer you is hay and water. You succumb to the food discrimination and sit there with your lettuce leaf and a slice of tomato looking at your so called friends devouring a juicy delicious burger.

Your stomach now hates you as air bubbles rumble all day while you walk around with that plastic smile on your face starving while your pals are happy and jolly. My advice to you my plus size friend is to make your own food decisions. Yes, too much unhealthy food is never good. But if you want to have a Burger, go have a burger. If you want to have a salad, go have a salad. You can still have a full meal while eating healthy.

Attending a Stand Up Comedy While being a Plus Size

Plus size people, if you have very think skin my advice to you is to never attend a standup comedy show. There is no topics off limit when it comes on to jokes at these events. You will hear black jokes, white jokes, Trump jokes, Muslim jokes, 9/11 Jokes, Your Mama jokes, sex jokes and of course Fat Chick jokes. These comedians will dig deep into the fat girls’ core to bring out some of the most dirty, funny yet very discriminating jokes. Just be prepared to laugh at yourself for a while and know that facts are sometimes hilarious. One of the reason why I class Fat chick jokes as discriminatory is the fact that if you hear 98% fat chick jokes, you can count on one hand how many slim chick jokes you can recall.

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Being Plus Size While Taking Public Transportation

Plus size people who and often times face the embarrassment of probably being asked to pay for the extra seat they have taken up. If you are not familiar with certain Airline policies let me give you a little education in that area.

Air Line Seat Policy.

Airline policies state that if your total body does not fit in seat with an extension seat belt with the armrest down, you may be charged for two seats or booted off the plane. Most airlines will tell you that if you believe that you are too large to fit in one seat, you should purchase a second seat you made your original booking. Or choose to buy a ticket in business or first Class. Many airlines will offer you a discount on the second seat when you pay for the first.

Things are not looking well for plus size people when traveling by plane as airlines begin to cram more seats in planes to maximize on carry capacity. This makes seating arrangements tighter.

Plus Size While Traveling
Plus Size While Traveling

Plus Size Regular Discrimination

Apart from eating, traveling and clothing. There are just the common discrimination that plus size people face daily. These discrimination come in many forms, some come quite subtle while others are just plain loud. Many plus size woman avoid areas where they may have excessive crowd and will be noticed by people. People will call them names and say a lot of rude things. This is not only discrimination but total harassment and is deserving of the offender to be arrested.

Plus size people especially the women are very beautiful. Many of them possess curves that only befitting for the Goddess of love. They look better in clothing and are quite healthy contrary to popular belief. Yes, too much fat can be a health problem. But when you have the right amount of fat in the right places then the problem becomes possibilities. If you feel you are too fat, well do what you need to do, lose weight. But if you are think and curvy, you may be simply destroying your beauty.


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      Hello greenmind. Yes, it is a very important issue, we share oxygen with people of different color, race, sex height and weight. There will always be variety in all species. We need to exercise a little more appreciation for this.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      Yes, always exploring. People can be bitter and insensitive at times.

    • greenmind profile image

      GreenMind Guides 

      21 months ago from USA

      Great hub on an important issue. Lots to think about here eve for a non plus person.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Discrimination of any kind is hurtful and mean. I have never had a weight problem, but I have a granddaughter who is overweight and is hurt by remarks made by insensitive people.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks MsDora

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      We need reminders like these everyday because this kind of discrimination is suffered daily. Thanks for your valuable input on this topic.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      That's right Billy...A very long way

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do think plus size people are treated poorly in this country...and it's good to see them getting some positive recognition...but there is still a long way to go.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like being me, but me has trouble tying me shoes. Me wife and son call me elephant.


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