why are Thai people so thin?

Apparently people frequently search this term and find my blog (why?) so I thought I would try to answer it:

0) Thai people aren’t that thin. There’s lots of fat Thai people, and they always seem to sit on the skytrain next to me.

0b) To anticipate all the stupid farang guys who will feel the need to comment that Western women are fat and Issan hookers are thin, I say, I’ve lived in Issan, where all the older Issan women live, and all the hookers who marry a foreigner and retire from the game, and hahaha, you haven’t even BEGUN to see FAT, honey. I have seen your future, and it is NOT PRETTY.

All that aside, the #1 thing Thai people do to that keeps them thin is:

1) They eat together and share many dishes amongst a group of people. No 1 plate/person. This means no one feels the need to “finish off their plate” even when they’re full, and talking and eating means you eat slower, have time to register that you feel full, and also just enjoy your meal more because eating alone is sad.

That’s it. No secret. If you think about it, that’s kind of the French style of eating as well, another culture famous for eating all kinds of fattening shit and not getting fat.

3 Responses to “why are Thai people so thin?”


  1. 1 Claudio Sennhauser June 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    No. 0 and 0a: Very funny and right on!

    No. 1: Never thought of it this way, but that makes a whole lot of sense.

  2. 2 May June 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Another possible explanation:
    Order so much food that you are sure you could not possibly eat everything, and stare at the food long enough until you feel full.
    Alternatively, take a pill and throw up (i hear that’s not overly uncommon here… including days-long pill-based crash ‘diets’ among girls who really don’t have weight issues).

    Julie, your blog is so great!! why did it take me so long to find you, so many years later, and only now that I’m leaving this continent…

    • 3 julielavoie July 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Hi May,

      yeah, one of my friends works in media, where a lot of the hi-society Thai girls like to work, and she says there’s A LOT of anorexia/bulemia. Not really surprised. Also, in a way, not hard to blame them, who wouldn’t be weight obsessed when everyone is talking about your weight all day long?

      For me as a foreigner, I think it’s really presumptious of other people to sit around commenting on my body — I’m not a show pony for their inspection and they can just f off, really.

      You’re leaving? Were you here in Thailand or another Asian country? Thanks a lot for your comments! 🙂

      Claude, haha, thanks! 🙂


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