Why are skinny people featured in the media as healthy, sexy, and successful?
Why do ad campaigns repeatedly teach us, “New ways to get rid of ugly fat?”
Why do most people want to be thin?
Back in the day, having a few extra pounds was a sign of wealth. It meant having more than enough food to be satisfied, and it meant having the leisure time to enjoy that food. Yet, over the past century or so, having a lean, hard body has become equated with success, while being heavier has become cause for ridicule.