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Body Image From A Historical Perspective: When Being Fat Was A Non-Issue

One trend that has been so popular in these times is health consciousness and how people try to watch their weight, often sacrificing their love for food and putting extra time in the gym just to get the "ideal" body.

As much as there are great health benefits to having the right weight proportions, Stephen Nash posed the question perfectly, "Who decided it was bad to be fat?"

The social stigma about full-figured ladies or men with bulging tummies has grown in recent times. Many took this as an opportunity to sell various weight loss products and offer exercise routines to lose the extra weight.

But when did being fat become such an issue that it causes people with a little bit of extra in their bodies so much stress and anxiety just to live normally?

In his opinion piece, Stephen Nash tries to look back in history to see how ancient peoples perceived fatness.

Though much data and evidence is still needed to form a solid picture of the situation for fat people in history, there are some artifacts that point to fatness being a non-issue and even widely accepted and revered.

(Image credit: jarmoluk/Pixabay)


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