Solenn Heussaff shot down ‘pregnant’ tag on sister-in-law Anne Curtis

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In this May 2017 photo, actress and sought-after endorser Anne Curtis tours South Korea in hopes to meet her crush, Korean actor Gong Yoo. (ABS-CBN PR photo)

Actress Solenn Heussaff’s image of her family on Instagram came with the caption “The Heussaffs.” In the photo are her husband, businessman and model Nico Bolzico and their newest member, actress Anne Curtis, who got married with Solenn’s brother, Erwan, last year.

The Heussaffs . Sorry bebe hahaha

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But some of her Instagram followers speculated that Curtis could be pregnant, observing that the television personality seemed to have gained weight based on the photo.

Curtis gamely responded to one of the comments and explained, “No. I’m not pregnant. It’s just the angle. And also all the egg tarts I ate.”

While her reply was polite enough not to show her annoyance over comments on her weight, her sister-in-law came to her defense.

“Even if you [are] saying cute things, its really a bad habit to always comment about people’s weight,” Solenn wrote. “It’s always done in the Philippines by our titas and friends and has become like a ‘Hello’ in our society.”

It’s true, relatives give unsolicited body weight-related comments.

Social media complaints from those whose aunts, uncles and relatives remarked about them having putting on some pounds show that Heussaff has a point. A from of “body shaming” has become a customary greeting among family members.

It seems the phenomenon gets worse around Christmastime when family reunions happen.

Women get body shamed more often.

A 2016 study found that as women who age find themselves being body shamed more often then men. Men, in contrast, become more confident over time.

Women do feel more confident over time as well, as they develop a “greater sense of meaning and fulfillment” in their life. But women who have become more comfortable in their own skin are fewer than their male counterparts.

“Within our culture, it’s fair game now to comment on a woman’s weight, regardless of her age,” says psychologist Sari Shepphird. “It used to be that only happened for women who highlighted their bodies, like models.”

The study was confined to Americans and a similar one is yet to be done in the Philippines. Still, results of the survey are applicable to the wider conversation on the need for more body positivity, or the feeling of satisfaction with one’s body.