Dieting Cliches

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Common expressions and cliches about being overweight and weight loss.

"Little pickers wear big knickers."
"A moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips."
"I can't have that, I must watch my waistline."
"Muffin top."
"Looking a bit porky."
"Expanding waistline."
"He looks like he's eaten too many pies."
"Fat cow."
"Fat pig."
"Thunder thighs."
"Looking a bit lardy."
"One too many trifles."
"Who ate all the pies."

Our culture is riddled with expressions/cliches/idioms relating to body size and weight loss. Most of them are designed to demean and belittle the obese person for cheap laughs. In short, it turns the obese person into an item for ridicule.

The fat pride groups have done much to challenge this cultural prejudice - this turns the obese person into a hero who overcomes adversity by remaining fat in the face of prejudice.

But neither of these things help the person who wants to lose weight actually lose weight. It is a battleground for identity without a healthy middle ground. The result is the obese person who wishes to lose weight, loses.

What expression do you hear about being overweight and overeating? Please share them in the comments section below.


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