My Life in Peru

An Expat Mom Shares Her Experiences with Peruvian Life, Travel and Food

Body Image

Posted on | November 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

One of the things I love about living in Peru is this incredible acceptance of their own bodies that the women seem to have. I’m pretty overweight, but I don’t feel bad about it like I did at home. My husband loves my body the way it is, I’ve had men in the street “compliment” me (I know a lot of women don’t care for that, but I still get a kick out of it!).

Sometimes I look in the mirror and feel so pale and fat and splotchy, then pass my husband and he’ll grab me and say “Is all this mine?” and I feel like a princess.

It’s no secret that Latino men have a tendency towards the more zaftig women.  I’ve read that this is common in less wealthy societies, because plumpness signifies wealth. In a society where people fight to have enough food, the overweight are seen to have an abundance. Meanwhile, wealthier societies prefer leanness in their mates, because it signifies the wherewithal to afford healthier food and exercise.

Whatever – I’m just happy to have a husband who loves me and finds me beautiful for who I am.
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3 Responses to “Body Image”

  1. Jackie
    November 26th, 2011 @ 13:16

    Yes, I totally love this about living here! I have a big butt and back in the US only Latin and black guys really thought it was something special. So of course, living here, every guy thinks it’s special! And really celebrates it. jajajaj Which makes something I used to hate about myself and feel ashamed about instead makes me feel almost proud of. I’ve also had issues with body image because I’m about 20lbs overweight, and I feel like so many women are super flaka here. But I’ve been told again and again buy flakas and chicos alike that men prefer women with some fat. So all in all, I feel like I made out like a bandit here. Yay for good self esteem…FINALLY!!! All it took was moving to another continent. ;0)
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  2. Allaina
    December 20th, 2011 @ 14:40

    I am happy for you… You are lucky enough to find a husband who loves you for who you are. Stay happy and hope your marriage will last.

  3. Celia
    April 16th, 2012 @ 20:16

    Its really great to live in a place that you have been accepted who you are and what you have. This place is awesome people their is not particular how you look but they see you as a person. Great post.
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