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How Big Is Big? It’s All A Matter Of Perspective!
by Expat Focus Columnist, Anne O'Connell
Adapting to a new culture takes time and effort, sometimes a little studying, a few language lessons, immersing yourself in the local flavour (that’s easy… I love Thai food) and, above all, accepting and celebrating our differences. I was content to do that until the other day when an unexpected exchange left me hurt and wounded.
Just to set it up…
In the Western culture, thin is in (so advertisers would have us believe) and so many women are constantly battling their weight. I’m very fortunate that, other than the odd kilo here and there, I’ve never had to worry too much about that. Admittedly, I fall into the pattern that many expats do of gaining a ‘few’ every time a new move occurs or with each ‘home leave’, which I have just returned from with more than a little extra ‘fluff’ around the middle.
I’m what you might call a ‘healthy weight’ but I’ve never considered myself ‘big’… but I recently learned that that is only true by Western standards. Here in Asia, I’m HUGE.
Here’s what happened…
Read more here.
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