At 5ft 5 inches, I'm considered 'big' in Asia but whenever I'm in the US, I become a petite Asian girl. In Singapore, I buy clothes that are in 'medium' or 'large' size but in the US, I can sometimes fit into a tiny size '3' because a size 5 can be too loose for me.
Being big-boned means that I am naturally heavier and bigger than my peers. Looking at my school photos, I find myself towering over my classmates. Of course, being a self-conscious teenager, I equate being big-boned as 'FAT' though looking back, I had always been trim and fit.
Now that I am older and wiser, I have come to terms with my size, well, more or less (a woman will never be truly satisfied with her figure). In a country that is obsessed with weight loss, I can't help but feel affected from time to time. A friend from the UK commented that he had never seen a newspaper that's filled with so many pages of slimming advertisements. Mind you, our advertising space is really expensive due to the monopoly here. Yet, the pages are splashed with tall, attractive women flaunting their new-found figures in tight fitting outfits.
One popular singer who's about 5ft 4in, weighing 105 pounds (48 kg) proudly declares that she feels more attractive and confident now after losing 11 pounds (5 kg). Of course, she's paid to say all that for she endorses a leading slimming salon but what message are they trying to put across to the young impressionable girls out there?
Sometimes even the not-so-young aunties are still impressionable...