Is overweight politcally correct

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emanko

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Arabic- Egyptian
Hello

I know there're a lot of threads about the topic of political correctness when it comes to the words used to mean "fat", but my question is about that particular word: "overweight".
Does it carry the same negative connotations as "fat"? Are they on the same level of harshness? Do fat people get upset if they were called overweight or do they prefer it?

Thank you
 
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    American English
    "Overweight" doesn't sound as bad as "fat" – but no one likes to have their appearance commented on to their face unless it's complimentary.
     

    emanko

    Senior Member
    Arabic- Egyptian
    So, you're saying that if someone wants to lessen the effect of the word "fat" , they can use "overweight"?
     
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