Thursday, November 19, 2009

Relationships: Plus Size E-dating Ain't Easy

BBW can’t find SM: Plus-size e-dating ain’t easy

Many plus-size singles say their weight can get in their way of finding love

NEW YORK - Each day, sends Christie Hyde five potential mates based on preferences in her profile — age, height, education, religion, smoking.

But then she reads "slender" or "athletic and toned" for their preferred body type.

She's a size 24.

"It literally happens every day on that site," said Hyde, 33, who works in public relations in Daytona Beach, Fla. "I am open on the sites about my size. I am who I am."

The dating show "More to Love" suggests that love comes in all shapes and sizes, but plus-size singles say their weight sometimes gets in the way of finding love online, even though two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

Cynthia Colby, 55, who works in multimedia marketing and promotions in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, said she tried eHarmony and with no luck.

"Either I was overlooked or I would sometimes get someone who didn't read the part where I said how heavy I was," said Colby. She included that she was a large woman (size 20) in her profile and posted photos, but typically when she reminded matches about her size, they'd say, "'Oh. I didn't know. That changes things.'"

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1 comment:

~Blissfully Irregular~ said...

So true even with social networking sites I get messages from guys telling me that I'm beautiful but when I tell them to go comment my pictures they no longer want to talk.