Here in Thailand, comments about physical appearance, from complimenting a lipstick shade to pointing out a pimple, are all fair game. This includes being called fat or asked how much you weigh. To be fair, this is usually said in humor or even as a compliment. Still, as an American, it’s still weird to me. Here’s a few of the funnier experiences I’ve had with being called fat.
My Thai nickname is Pancake, which is the same name as a gorgeous Thai superstar.
Me: “Hi, I have a reservation. My name is Pancake.”
Front Desk: “Why are you fat?”
Teachers hand out the uniform for Fridays, yours is a men’s XL.
You walk into a shop and the first words you here are either, “Have big size,” or “No have big size.”
At a school field trip to a recycle bank the teachers notice the scale cars drive onto and the screen on the wall that displays the weight. The teachers ask you to step on the scale.
My host dad: “You are beautiful like your mother but have the body like your father.”