If being chubby/overweight can be attractive, why do people almost always try to make themselves look as slim as possible in photos?

... No matter how overweight they are?
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  • Fat people aren't the only people that try to make themselves look thinner for pics. Skinny people do it too using certain angles or lighting and so on. Different people find different body types attractive. I've been attracted to a few men in my life that were bigger. I actually find really skinny guys unattractive. And that's ok. It's my preference. Just like it's the preference of some to not find fat people attractive. But why do people really care if someone is to fat/to skinny? They don't have to date them or even like them. My problem is people have nothing better to do with their time but put others down because they don't like how they look. Someone please tell me what the pay off is? What do you get out of it? Other than looking like someone who picks on others imperfections to hide their own.

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    • But the point still stands, regardless of fat or not fat they or thrive for skinny

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    • I'm defending their right to figure it out without some snot nosed brat who's never gone through it degrading them because he doesn't understand everything involved with obesity. I'm simply defending to leave them alone if you don't have something encouraging to say and only critical and judgmental remarks that add to the problem. I'm telling you to get off your imaginary pedestal and worry about your own struggles and faults. They aren't provoking you to put them down. There's no need to judge people that didn't do anything to you to deserve your judgements and negative opinions. Grow up and learn to look into yourself instead of others. Its like women that like to wear sexy clothes and all the haters that can't think outside the tiny box they live in and call them sluts.

    • P. S. I'm completely aware of why we live longer. The point being we can't live forever. So might as well have a little fun.😎🤹‍♀️✌

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  • Because society tells us that we must be a certain size to be considered attractive, but nothing is farther from the truth. Beauty and attraction is a wide spectrum, not just one or two idealized looks. But generally, this is what I believe causes people to "suck it in" so to speak when they are around others or are having their picture taken.

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    • ... Perhaps it's because people know that being overweight isn't attractive.

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    • You seem to be confusing all existent attractions as somehow being a majority or that they are equal. They are not. I understand and acknowledge that. I'm simply stating that many, many kinds of attraction exist... because they do. You have to realize as well that while many kinds of attractions exist, many of them are frowned upon by the very narrow cultural pressures that we live under. A narrow scope that does not represent all attractions that exist. The thing is, for people have an attraction that's deemed as not within the cultural "norm", they keep quiet about it out of fear of ridicule. Just like the ridicule of people with a certain body type, the people who are attracted to them, face the same fear of ridicule. Just because people stay quiet about the attractions they have, does not mean they don't exist. Because they most certainly do. Any sociological study that comes to the conclusion that beauty is not a spectrum is flawed or has come to a conclusion of confirmation bias.

    • Sure, well-said.

      I'll just point out that "the very narrow cultural pressures that we live under" exist because *that's what most people want.* Fat people don't want to be fat; if they could snap their fingers and be thin, they would.

  • Because acceptance for other figures is still the subculture/minor narrative. Victoria's Secret has no plus line, Dove for all of their "look at all these different figures" still doctors their images and uses "curvy" not "fat" models, and most models still are that thin and tall shape, groups and agencies have to go out of their way to have runways of people, women especially, who aren't 5'10+ with a non-existent waist and a 36D bust or in men's case, no thighs in skinny jeans. Even when I was fit with abs I had no shot in fitting the popular styles and clothes. Acceptance in some people, doesn't mean acceptance in the overall culture.

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  • Well, personally I don’t find it attractive so I don't know

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  • My short answer: Fat is the new sexy... unless it's in a picture. Yes, Tess Holiday is fat and never tries to look slimmer because she's huge. But--your every-day chubby chick wants to be seen as "curvy" or average weight. She wants to throw on some shapewear and walk out of her room with confidence. If she's having her picture taken, she wants to look good... and sometimes that means well put-together and not sloppy.

    My tangent answer: It's all about the angle. They're not trying to look thinner--just more appealing. Remember those MySpace pics... all about angles! XD A thin person can look fat... too. If I don't exercise for awhile (try to do it every week), my stomach can look kinda bloated. If I f up on the angle and use my phone INSTEAD of my camera I can look chubby. How could a 115lb chick look chubby? Simple. Though, someone else taking a picture can make me look much thinner. If you pair me next to my super tiny best friend who is under 100lbs--I'll look normal. It's all about angle and who you're in the picture with.

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  • It isn't about how they assume other people looking at the photo will see it. It's about their own interpretation of how they view themselves. If they are trying to look slimmer in a photograph. It's because they themselves feel they would be more attractive this way. If someone told me I had a large nose I would not edit my nose in every photo I post onto social media. If I thought I had a big nose and thought it wasn't attractive, I probably would edit it..

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    • Yeah... that's because they would be more attractive that way.

    • I couldn't say... I dont know what any one else finds attractive or not attractive in others.. i can say however, that narrow mindedness and people who are so self righteous to believe their idea of what is attactive is universally agreed upon as the "correct" view.. is probably not a very attractive quality to anyone but the one staring back at you in the mirror

  • Because they know being "chubby"/"overweight" a. k. a fat (I don't know why people are afraid of using that word since we're "embracing" *cough* our bodies now) is wrong and they know they should change but they're too lazy to do that so posing in the "right angle" and editing pictures is easier that actually doing the work themselves.

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    • This is funny, considering several insta models who many have never been fat a day in their life, have shown photos of themselves sucking it in, vesus them "relaxed" so what's the excuse then?

  • Because beign chubby/overweight is attractive... for a really small group of people. We humans want the bigger amount of sexual candidates as posible. If only a 10% likes chubby people and a 90% likes slim people, a normal person would prefer to look or pretend to look slim, so there are more chances to find a partner.

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  • Although being chubby can look good, being thin almost always looks better to the majority of people. That’s why.

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  • If being chubby/overweight can be attractive, why do people almost always try to make themselves look as slim as possible in photos?

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  • It can't be attractive, Fat people just say that to make themselves feel better without putting in work for a change.

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  • Cause being thinner not skinny but just thinner rather than fat will always look more attractive... always!

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  • I think that being curvy/overweight has become more attractive/popular but being slim is seen as being attractive by a higher majority of people. Being slim is still the ultimate goal

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  • Because society makes us think that we should be slim

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    • I’m glad society makes us think that 😂

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    • Mhm so still the thoughts of most people that make up society think that slim is better. My point is still valid.

    • Yes... they do. Correct. As such, no one is "making" anyone think anything. I think being slim is better because it IS better, not because someone is making me.

  • Its seen as more beautiful to be thin. Plus having diabetes and 80% body fat isn't sexy.

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  • Some do, some don't

    And just because one observer finds a person attractive, doesn't mean that person does themselves. I don't shy away from hiding that I have a weirdly disproportionate lower body, it's just who I am.

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  • I don't use photo shop as I want people to see me and tell me I look great, not a photo shop painting of someone that is totally not achievable by human standers. Also I'm in great shape and look good. Yet I have imperfection which I think not only make me unique but even more beautiful.

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  • You like pizza? Well doesn't mean you want to look like it.

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    • My vato is tall and fat, I love how he is however I take pride in being small and maintaining my size. I love myself the way I am also. Gotta love yourself and not try to be something or someone else. Plus the difference is kind of an added turn on.

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    • Hmm. Yes I agree that the difference between the two of us is what makes attraction work.

    • Mhm opposites kind of attract

  • Because there is still a lot of negativity about weight in society and people naturally want to avoid as much of that negativity as they can.

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  • Cause anybody is into slim women. But Not everybody is into thick women.

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  • it can be attractive, but obviously not to everyone

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    • ... It can?

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    • ... No. The Term "Thick/Thicc" is Erroneous and Stupid, and No One Should Use It ↗ "Curvy" is a part of that. Same thing.

      "Not everyone thinks" then the matter stands, does it not? Why does everyone attempt to appear thinner in pics, if not everyone thinks being fat is a big deal?

    • if you think you know what everyone thinks i have nothing further to say

  • Being over weight first of all it's unhealthy.
    And second of all, they say those things to make themselves feel better so it's mostly bullshit

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  • being fat might not be unnatractive but beig skinny is usually still considered more attractive

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  • Because it makes some people feel better

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  • Self-conscious

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  • Chubby chaser? Lol

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  • Yupe

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  • Actually some cameras can make you look even 10 lbs fatter than you are.. It has to do with the focal length

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  • That's cus only loser lame failure men ( like many on here who seem to like this type EW ) like chubby and overweight women.
    Your question has a good point. It's because being overweight or chubby is simply not as attractive as being slim and shapely or fit.

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    • Nah you are just wrong, skinny girls just feel cold and boney to me I think it just looks weird too, I like bigger girls, much more shapely warm, inviting and better in bed.

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    • Glad there are some men with actual standards left ugh what's up with this whole trend of normalizing overweight women?

What Guys Said 35

  • Ya especially on dating sites. I’d be like yo where’s the rest of you! and she goes sorry I don’t have more images. I’d be like bitch I can only see your damn head 😂

    Ya we know why we know why

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  • Simple

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  • Because chubby/overweight isn't attractive and they know it. The whole "big is beautiful" shtick exists solely so fat asses can cope with being fat asses without having to admit that they're unattractive. They pose to seem skinny because they know they have a problem, despite claiming otherwise.

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  • Because being chubby/overweight isn't attractive in general.

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  • Because of the beauty standards in their country. In many Western countries looking slim or fit is the beauty ideal because it's associated with being healthy, exercising, eating vegetables, avoid junk food and living an active lifestyle. People don't want others to believe they eats a lot of junk food, don't exercise and don't take care of themselves. Many celebrities are also praised for looking slim and being fashionable. People wants to be like them.

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  • Cause despite the SJW pressure to change thousands of years of human evolution determining what is physically attractive, everyone knows this fat is beautiful idea is bullshit.

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  • It's not attractive. There's a push to normalize obesity.

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  • Being slimmer leads to better health. When over weighted: joint problems, breathing problems, heart issues, and more.

    Don’t have to be total skinny but helps to have good weight

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  • lol so funny and accurate peole would rather do these mental gymnastics of convincing themselves they enjoy being overweight than just change their diet and go to the gym or receive medical attention if its gone that far

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  • Because people strive to be perceived as perfect, and even then, they know that born being as overweight, or being in shape, is healthier for them, and significantly more attractive than being fat.

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  • The truth is out there..

    Literally.

    One thing archives results of a kind. Just look at my pic... am I hunched over with a bag of potato chips? Why not?

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  • The reasons vary like they wanna look their best or they wanna feel beautiful/handsome or they wanna feel attractive or they wanna feel and look healthy than they really are or they just wanna feel better about themselves and so on

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  • It isn't attractive most of the time. That's just wacky Feminists or Social Justice people who say that. Normal people don't.

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  • Because it's healthier. And few people like chubby, at least I hope so, more chubby girls for me.

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  • What people tell themselves and what they truly believe in their hearts are too different things.

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  • Because being chubby/overweight is actually not conventionally attractive.

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  • In my eyes it can’t be attractive.

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  • I don't think that is always the case. Of course there are people who are self conscious but not everyone,

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  • People who are overweight tend to dramatize how fat they are to themselves, and want to look like a more acceptable level of being overweight.

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  • Because people have been told that the camera adds 10 pounds.

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    • People have been told when on TV or taking a picture the camera will add about 10 pounds to how they look in real life, so that want to appear at least 10 pounds thinner to balance that out.

  • i don't know man. that's like in porn. have you ever tried finding good looking chubby chicks? there's viertually nothing there. just fat or skinny.

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  • Because those people don't find it attractive.
    Just because it can does not mean it always is for everyone.

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  • Don't know man. I am 6'6" and weigh 300 lbs. 90% of the population is tiny.

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  • So they can look healthier? maybe it doesn't look attractive on them

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  • I dont think fat people are attractive. she can have curves but not fat.

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    • All females have "curves." That's not exactly a good descriptor even though everyone uses it.

  • Because they "can be" doesn't always apply to all

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    • It's a rhetorical question.

    • They are just people who think they're not attractive being fat. Simple as that. While some people don't care they're fat, some do too.

  • Who said being overweight is attractive lol

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  • Because only lunatics are attracted to fat people.

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  • Fat people are disgusting

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    • That's a little harsh-- I don't consider the people themselves disgusting, just their weight.

  • They lying

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