Like many words, such as love, hate, awesome, literally, unbelievable, are all words that are now a days used too loosely. Take hate for example, the meaning is strong and perpetuates crimes, yet we choose to use it for such trivial things that we really don’t hate, we are simply to lazy to use dislike. In my humble opinion curvy is also one of these words.
I recently read a Buzzfeed article about what curvy really looks like. They used a definition that defined the word as “something curvy: as a curving line of the human body”. Then the article had, to my pleasure some pictures of healthy looking women, and some of the other’s…not so much.
What happened to everyone coming in all shapes in sizes? The apple shape, the pear shaped body, the hourglass, and now suddenly we are all curvy? I am a size 6, 5’3 girl with an hourglass shape, I like to equate my body to Sophia Bush, others on the other hand might equate their body shape to the beautiful Alexis Bledel, a pear shaped actress with a smaller top and a bigger bottom. Clearly all the women in the article are wonderful in there own ways, having confidence and being a larger women is not illegal, I am not trying to crap on overweight (or underweight) or you know anyone from loving themselves cause we deserve to love ourselves. But we have a bit of an issue in terms of language when the word curvy is being using to describe overweight people, I realize the author was using a very simplified definition of the word, but when it comes to a lot of the women in the article they are overweight.
As it stands, in terms of body definitions, curvy is equal to the hour glass shape, the pear shape is explained above, the apple shape is described as having a bigger top half and smaller bottom half and the athletic shape, slender hips and shoulders (of course there are probably more I am forgetting), are being totally forgotten. That being said some people have said in the Buzzfeed comments that we should just stop labeling bodies, and while this is a valid point, I feel that as with words such as love and hate, we should reserve these special words for the correct context.
I would also like to point out that both spectrums of weights (over or under) are unhealthy. When reading this article I thought to myself, “yes everyone on here is beautiful in there own way but what about their health?” You can be 300 lbs and be healthy, you can be 90 lbs and be healthy, and by healthy I mean your liver is healthy, your heart is functioning, your lungs work, etc. Now the dangers of obesity of some of these women in fact may affect there health in some pretty serious ways. On lots of the pictures in the article their fat on their bodies is around their abdomens, meaning this fat is visceral fat (please note I am NOT trying to fat shame any of those women, merely pointing out health risks, I am not touching on underweight health risks because that is another post entirely), this is fat that builds up between vital internal organs such as your stomach and intestines. The visceral fat wraps around vital organs located in you stomach that affects the function of these organs. When the fat is in this area, it is affecting most of your major organs, the ones that process food and toxins, including the pancreas and liver. I am by no means a doctor or medical student (in fact I am in the arts and hokum sciences as Sheldon Cooper would say) but our language is normalizing the unhealthy weights of men and women by misusing the word curvy. As I have said again and again body love is important, and labels sometimes suck, but to take a word and just use if for an inaccuate description is a sad disgrace to the word, just like many words in the English language. It’s great that we are teaching girls and boys to love their bodies but in this sense we should also teach them how to take care of there insides that are connected to how we look, feel, and act and in turn will create body love (whereforth you generally think you look great).
P.S I actually did in depth research and learned about visceral fat, you should too its quite interesting.