How to describe body shapes

When we describe people’s body shapes, it is important to know which words are used for particular persons with particular physical qualities for accuracy and appropriateness.

These are some of the common words used to describe body shapes:


*Fat (impolite): having a large amount of excess fat. Large or heavy is less offensive.

*Overweight/obese (medical or impolite): too fat.

*Portly (especially of middle-aged or old men): fat and round.

*Rotund: fat and round.

*Plump: slightly fat in an attractive way.

*Chubby (especially of children): fat in a pleasant, healthy-looking way.

*Tubby: short and fat.

*Stocky: fairly short, strong, broad around the shoulders and chest.

*Stout (especially of older people): having a round and heavy appearance.

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