This is one of my number one pet peeves. It's NOT TRUE (I am a walking example of this, I have struggled with weight since oh you know, birth).
Females in Asia are consistently pressured via media, parents, men, etc to stay skinny. Celebrities usually weigh less than 100 lbs and a size L in Korea is the same as a women's size 7/8 in the USA. Diet products and plastic surgery abound. The social stigmatization of girls who are "fat" is brutal; therefore Asian women starve and purge their way to thinness.
If you want further proof, look at Korean adoptees in the USA. It's all about WHERE you are, not ethnicity.
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and the super thin ones....they had those scary moms that would yell at them for not being perfect. i had no idea what was said as i dont really speak chinese...but my one friends mother..omg....SCARY.....gaining 5 pounds or getting OFF the honor roll was like a death in the family or something.
and LOL on the fashion...wtf... i love that stuff but you have to be so teensy to even think about fitting in it.
I think that also there is a different attitude towards exercise and diet in Asian countries, that leads to a lower obecity level. I would say that generally they live a healthier, more active lifestyle, with more vegetables and less red meat, and a focus on healthy eating and exercize.
Sure, I can see there being lot of problems such as starving and purging in these societies, under these conditions, and that this is less public than in NA. The effects of increasing globalization is probably being seen right now as well, with ideas and ideals changing with regards to weight and lifestyle.
it's much easier to stay in shape in china since most people bike everywhere nearby. or take a taxi to further locations and walk the rest of the way.
also, american fast food is just starting to develop in china. i think my aunt said burger king just appeared... or it's not there yet... something like that. i just know it's def not as bad as it is here.
But I didn't know that there was so much pressure to be thin in Asia. But, I think that celebrities being under 100 lbs and a 7/8 being an L can be accounted for partially because they have smaller body frames.
It makes me more than sad to think that they all have eating disorders or take meth to stay that thin. I think they are very beautiful. =(
However, that doesn't change the fact that certain races have smaller structures. Their frames are smaller. Period. So I agree and do not at the same time.
The people here are either really podgy, or anorexically thin. Like, skeletal- unnatural.
I went into a clothes shop, for jeans [uni qlo], and the largest size they stocked was like, 29/39 inches.
I'm usually 27/28, but bought a pair in 26 inches [slightly baggy], so the sizes are made slightly larger. but STILL...
And in restaurants, it has the number of calories in each meal... which is quite useful.
However, there are a LOT of cakes and doughnuts and stuff in convenient stores etc... so its all very bizarre.
Wow you got really really fat You need to lose weight. So apparently in those countries being fat is a big no no. Maybe if we all were a bit rude to each other in the states most of us would not be so fat haha.
Iā??ve never had an eating disorder nor have I taken meth in my entire life ā??
Fallingstars727 - Itā??s really sad to hear that all the Asian women you know fall under that category.
When it comes to pet-peeves, Iā??m with you Meelynn! But perhaps an even greater pet peeve of mine is when others make assumptions about people based on their cultural background D:
As for all this generalization! cmon...you know what a male really wants? Some woman who's healthy to only pop out his babies hahaha. Thats why ladies wear makeup and red lipstick. No joke! Its a sign of .... health. With THIN waiste and big big boobs!
And women want men to... give them money! a big **** and have uh... be big to defend agaist the saber tooth tigers and hobos.
Im kidding hahah!
Lets get serious for a moment! (just a moment)
I feel ya I suppose, i dont think media is just pressuring asians only. But thats just it... its society itself.
As for parents, their living on some old traditions.
And men? Hu... women do the same lol It works both ways... and we all know women will be in charge of the world in the end. Its natural for a mate to select what they like and dislike. We both choose and we both want to please the other (to find a mate and keep them). But thats another story :P
[but yes, men never had these problems right? lol they do, but some dont give a fk]
all in all, its comes down to... YOU! control of your life and the pressure of the outside world. To fit into the social norm or not... since we know reality is warped and "beauty" is subjective. But you knew all this right? lol
o btw. im asian ahaha and no i dont want no stick figure, rather a woman with curves thats healthy.
[who want me, not my money...or lack their off lol]
I find this absolutely absurd. I think it's mostly due to the fact that so many Asians are portrayed as small, thin, and tiny. I know I was/am very pressured by relatives to lose weight, and it's horrible. (I should probably mention I'm also Asian xD)
I have been overweight my whole life and lost a lot of weight on WeightWatchers a few years ago. I went from 180 pounds to about 120, but along the way, my eating habits became very distorted. When I went up to 140 pounds, my aunt asked me (in front of a friend) if I had gained weight and that I needed to watch out. I was mortified and didn't eat the whole day. Later that night, I heard her asking my dad if I had gained weight, again! After that, I basically refused to go out to any family gatherings because I have a habit of taking things too personally and would rather not deal with those superficial comments.
Unfortunately, I still struggle with my weight and eating habits; but yeah, I'd definitely say that how Asians are portrayed as thin and tiny definitely affected me. And really, it's not only females, the males are pretty tiny too.
Also, Asians with mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, are less likely to seek help as having such an illness tends to bring shame upon the family.
fight the powers!
i wanted to say '...yeah, that's cause i'm a grown woman now...not a kid.' it made me want to crawl into a hole and die.
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