Skinny chicks and chubby hubbies

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Society
April 29th, 2003 • 1:34 am

I cannot help but notice that in US-made commercials, increasingly the typical male character is a rather chubby young man, while the female character is invariably skinny and much better looking and attractive than her man.

This is, unfortunately, rather symptomatic and emblematic of the current trends in North America: overweight adults with a fixation on perfect female beauty — an increasingly rare occurrence in real-life American women (who tend to be either borderline anorexic à la Ally McBeal or, well, overweight, like their male counterparts).

Changing eating and exercising habits in North America would be a major social project. I have yet to hear a politician who seems interested in this in the least. I guess it is not easy to get that kind of message across in the Land of Instant (and Always Copious) Gratification…

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