In Western countries the general opinion is that most women want to be thin and everyone who is overweight is interested in dieting and taking up the hottest weight reducing system. Fortunes are spent on special foods and exercise regimes in an effort to drop a few kilograms and conform to the measurements of the most recent top model. Much effort goes into designing clothes to flatter the form that does not yet match that slender silhouette. However, over large parts of the world, fat is viewed in a In Western nations the overall view is that all girls want to be lean and everybody much more positive light. In parts of Asia and most of Africa, fat is welcomed as a sign of growing affluence.
Obesity is thought to be a significant health concern in the USA and other western countries. In these wealthy communities much money is spent on relatively inexpensive food and the amount consumed far surpasses the human being’s fundamental requirements. At the same time, in the poorer nations of the world, many people find it tough to find enough food to eat and thinness is the standard. Anyone who manages to collect more wealth begins to put on weight. They’re told by their friends they’re looking fine, which is a euphemism for saying they are looking wealthy. Rich people proudly exhibit their wealth by their bulging stomachs and waddling gait.
In steadily prospering African countries such as Ghana, very little extra nourishment seems to be needed to provoke a rapid growth of female dimensions. Rising living standards have made a rotund form the standard to which all seem to expect. This is most clearly seen at the gatherings at Saturday funerals, where bevies of voluptuous beauties show in all their finery as they dance with minimal effort to the latest highlife tunes. Without a talk of slimming down and no evidence of curve-concealing attire, the maids and matrons in mourning express their joy of living by proudly bumping all and sundry with their well-padded buttocks, in a particular dance that may well be committed to the glory of plus size.
In the post-colonial era the advanced countries have continued to help less developed countries to modernise their economies and create more affluent lives for their people. One consequence of growing affluence is an expanding waistline. It might seem that the newly poor have adopted a much better emotional approach to this phenomenon than individuals who have long been rich. One has to hope that growing familiarity does not breed the proverbial contempt for fat is fine, and that something of the happy acceptance can filter back to where it’s long been forgotten.