Website plays Cupid to battlers of the bulge in India

Updated: Dec 31 2008, 06:43am hrs
An Indian website promises to deliver king-size romance to millions of overweight men and women in the country, where the plus-sized are often hard-pressed to find a life partner.

Obesity, once seen as a quintessentially Western phenomenon, is fast becoming a major health problem in rapidly developing countries like India and China, where ter wallets are changing lifestyles.

But the founders of say being podgy shouldnt come in the way of finding the perfect match.I dont think its really right to lose weight just so that you can get married, said Aditi Gupta. In todays context, people have an impression of size zero which is not practical, Gupta said.

More than 100 men and women have registered their profiles on the website so far. Two sets of couples have been matched successfully.

But its a start in a country where popular culture forces individuals to be conscious of their figure, making them hit the gym or go on various diets to achieve the right fit.

People must look at each other in terms of their personality, qualities rather than physical appearance, said Anand Kumar, a professor of sociology at New Delhis Jawaharlal Nehru University.