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.
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