Is a 14-year-old girl really fat if she can't fit into a size 10?
September 5, 2009 6:44 PM Subscribe
Is she fat? A question about a fictional British girl and whether or not she would actually be considered fat.
posted by so much modern time to Society & Culture (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm currently reading Julia Bell's Massive
about Carmen, a fourteen year old with a nagging mother who is constantly on her about her weight. In the book, her mother despairs when Carmen finds it difficult to fit into a size ten. It's made clear that in the book that her mother has an eating disorder herself.
As a non-Brit, I'm curious if Carmen would be considered fat as an English teenager, since in my opinion she seems pretty thin if she is just above a size ten. But I'm not familiar with the cultural expectations for English teenage girls in terms of their weight. It's also hard to tell for me since Carmen spends a lot of time in the book eating junk food.
I'd love to have some insight into this as it seems a fairly crucial distinction to understand the book properly.