What is a more polite way of saying ‘fat’?

  • What is a more polite way of saying “fat”?

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    What is a more polite way of saying “fat”?

    “Fat” has taken on a whole new meaning during my lifetime. Women who used to be considered gorgeous are now, by some people, thought of only as fat.

    “Fat,” in normal usage, is merely descriptive, but it can so often be used to smear, and to hurt.

    I’ll opt for “Rubenesque” which, although it implies generous girth, also hints at the seductive and desirable. Take a look at “plus sized” (another euphemism) model, Miranda Walz and tell me she’s not lovely.

    Image source: Miranda Walz.

    Although I’ve written only about women, that seems to be appropriate. In most cases, men don’t attract the same criticism for being overweight. That’s grossly unfair, of course, but because the discrimination exists, we don’t feel the same pressure as women and can be comfortable in our rotundity.

    Of course, when either gender climbs to the heights of obesity, fat is a very appropriate word indeed.

    Dear Anonymous,

    Well I have one for you, and I have always loved this as one of the marvelous words of all time, it’s embonpoint!

    What is a more polite way of saying “fat”?

    I first heard the word in reference to Lady Hamilton, the beautiful paramour of Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758–1805), the British hero of Trafalgar.

    Image credit, AllardClassic. com

    As Lady Hamilton aged, she became ever more plumply curvaceous; described as embonpoint.

    Even the derivation of the word shows the different regard for female comeliness among the French of the time; it derives from “en bon point,” a phrase from Middle French that means “in good condition.”

    Here is more background for you: “The word was first used as a noun in English in the 17th century. It has subsequently appeared in works by Charlotte Brontë (“a form decidedly inclined to embonpoint” – Shirley), James Fenimore Cooper (“an embonpoint that was just sufficient to distinguish her from most of her companions” – Home as Found), and George Eliot (“as erect in her comely embonpoint as a statue of Ceres” – Adam Bede)…”

    Source, Merriam-Webster dictionaries, such a wonderful word!

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    no matter how hard you tried to be nice, it will always be offensive. Mind your business and worry about your body instead.

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    Why do you want to say someone is fat?

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    You don’t. I am sure that the overweight person is very aware they are overweight.

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    I have been “fat” all my life. I weighed over 10 pounds at birth. I have dieted all my life too, with some minor success, but the weight always comes back. I have a question first. Why would you want to say someone is fat? Do you think they don’t know? Do you think telling them will make them say, “Oh gosh! I didn’t realize! Now that I know, I will do something about it!”. Believe me, a “fat” person knows they are fat, and they would do almost anything to change that. I remember once a friend said, “Even though you are big, you are beautiful. You have the most beautiful eyes, and your hair is so pretty. I wish I had eyes and hair like yours!” She is still my friend today, 60 years later. Unless there is a medical reason you want to mention someone’s weight, please don’t be cruel.

    What a mean thing to say! Dont you think this person already knows she’s fat? Do you think that other people haven’t told her this before? Leave her alone. If you don’t want her friendship because she is overweight, you don’t look at her or talk to her.

    I was anorexic for many years because I was always told I was fat. When I got to 90 pounds I passed out at a department store and to top it off, I had my babies with me. My exhuband was always telling me to lose more weight. I suffered from low blood pressure, headaches, dizzy spells and I was always hungry. It got so bad that I looked forward to losing more and more weight. It made me feel powerful.

    If your friend wants to lose weight she will, but I hope that she finds a diet that helps her lose weight slowly but steadily, or she can find herself in bad health.

    I was skinny until menopause and then I plumped up nicely. I love to eat now I am 72 yrs. old and fat and sassy and happy.

    Hmmm…. How would we tell you that you’re ugly and not be offensive?

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    You shoukd keep your mouth shut and worry about your own weight.

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    Why would you want to…

    Their weight isn’t your business…

    Unless of course it is a loved one and you are concerned about their health – in which case, tell them that.

    Otherwise, ‘mind your own biscuits and life will be golden!’

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