How do you define your shape? Does the way you define your shape differ from the way others do so? There are so many choices now to describe the female body; skinny, plump, athletic, pear or apple-shaped, stick-thin, voluptuous. If you’re a size 14 or larger, how do you feel about the term plus-sized? According to a survey conducted by retailer Sonsi, you don’t like it.
Of the 1,000 women questioned in the survey, a majority said they preferred to be called curvy over plus-sized or any other term. These women, size 14 or larger, also answered questions about body image. The results showed that while 85 percent of the women surveyed felt beauty came in all shapes and sizes, only 49 percent said they liked their own curves.
It’s been shown that being thin is not guarantee of healthiness no more than being overweight indicates complete lack of health. As the results of the survey show, the women who took part clearly understand that. The disconnect occurred when the women were asked to reflect on their own bodies. It’s likely that this self-perception influenced the choice of “curvy” as the best term to describe women of larger sizes.
When it came to picking the best term to describe their figures, 28 percent said they preferred curvy because they felt their curves helped define who they are. Of the other options, 25 percent said they liked plus size and another 25 percent felt full figured was the best choice. The survey also allowed for write-in options. The women surveyed took advantage, writing normal, average and beautiful.
There has been some backlash against the results of the survey, particularly among those who feel “curvy” should be reserved for women shaped like Sofia Vergara. Others feel that terms like fat or plus-sized are only negative if people allow them to be. Regardless of your, or anyone else’s, opinion on the matter, women are going to define themselves with the terms they feel most comfortable with. What is that term for you?