Does being beautiful mean being thin? Ji Weijia, a woman from Hebei who gained Internet fame for being an attractive woman on the plumper side has sparked off a debate on whether beauty is linked to weight. The year-old lass first shot to fame when pictures of her went viral on Chinese social media networking site Weibo in July this year. It all started with a post by a male Weibo user, who posted pictures of her along with the comment "upon seeing a pretty girl that happens to be too fat, should I go after her?
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Body fat, especially in the upper body, has been associated with increased risk of chronic disease among adults. Factors associated with these traits among ethnically diverse populations are not well studied. We examined factors influencing body fat and weight among Asian and White adolescent girls from the female adolescent maturation longitudinal study initial exam plus 2-y follow-up examination in Hawaii. The objective of this study was to identify and compare influences on and differences in body size and fat distribution among Asian and White adolescent girls. Subjects were identified among age-eligible members of a large HMO.
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A country that only a few decades ago didn't even bother to keep statistics on the weight of its citizens, China has lately become obsessed with fatness. The most recent evidence comes from Weibo, where definitionoffat gobbled up enough attention to become the top-trending hashtag Thursday afternoon, with hundreds of thousands of posts. A photo line-up of 10 Asian women of different sizes appears to have sparked the conversation, prompting comments such as "If it's a woman looking, they're all fat," as one microblogger wrote. The origins of the photo are not clear, though copies of it began circulating among Japanese-language accounts on Twitter on Wednesday.
But when the year-old rifled through the rack, she quickly discovered it only had clothes in sizes S and M — hardly fitting of her plus-size frame. Fat shaming in Chinese culture has long been passed down from older generations — particularly from mothers to their children. Plus-size Chinese-Swedish comedian Evelyn Mok was a baby when her grandmother held her, tugged her skin and told her mother that she was going to grow up and be fat.