On TV, there are more full-size women than ever with shows such as Fox's reality dating show "More to Love" and Oxygen's "Dance Your Ass Off," reports the AP (via Yahoo).
The shows, however, almost always focus on weight. Famous plus-size model Emme guides Luke Conley, a 26-year-old bachelor weighing over 300 pounds, to choose among 20 women, sizes 14-22, on "More to Love."
"Dance Your Ass Off" showcases 12 contestants who lose weight through dancing.
In its second season, the Style Network's reality show "Ruby" follows Ruby Gettinger of Savannah, Georgia on her "inspirational weight loss journey." The show's website also offers diet and lifestyle tips for peeling off the pounds.
Emme, who has been fighting for public acceptance of plus-size figures since the mid-90s says this television exposure is a good thing.
"'I think these welcomed shows are opening the aperture,'" Emme tells the source. "'These are fun shows to watch, and they are really taking the perspective of the full-sized woman and bringing it into the type of package people can relate to.'"
But not everyone agrees. Lesley Kinzel, who runs the Website fatshionista.com, said she's happy that there are more women her size on TV, but she's not so thrilled with how they are typecast as the "miserable, crying fat woman who hates herself," the site adds.
Cynthia Deis of Raleigh, North Carolina, who wears a size 16-18, questions, "Why can't it just be a story about a woman who's big and happens to have three girlfriends who she goes out to drink with ...?," the Website reports.
We want to hear your thoughts. Should TV shows featuring plus-size women focus on weight or should the roles be more diverse? After all, some believe "fat" is the new "normal."