- Love handles
Love handles, in colloquial or
slangspeech, are a layer of fat that is deposited around a person's midsection, especially visible on the sides over the abdominal external oblique muscle. They are called "love handles" because they provide a soft place to rest one's hand while one's arm is around a person, or perhaps because they can serve as places to hold on while copulating. [cite web|url=http://www.englishdaily626.com/slang.php?078|title=Love Handles|publisher=English Daily]
The term first appeared in the late 1960s, and is defined in the
Historical Dictionary of American Slangas "a bulge of fat at the side of the waist." [cite news|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/28/magazine/28ONLANGUAGE.html|title=On Language: Muffin-Top|publisher= The New York Times Magazine|first=William|last=Safire|date=2005-08-28]
Both men and women tend to be image-conscious regarding love handles, sometimes leading to a negative
body image. While many products are marketed for eliminating love handles, it is generally agreed that spot reductionis impossible, and that the best way to reduce them is to lose fat by being more active (through activities such as cardiovascular exerciseand weight training) and consuming fewer calories. [cite news|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=P8&targetRule=10&xml=/health/2005/07/11/hbeach11.xml|title=The last-minute beach plan|publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date=2006-07-11]
Use in print media
July 2007 The Washington Postpublished an article simply titled "Love Handles" which claimed that, while weight gain was once blamed on genes inherited from one's parents, a study had shown that people were 57% more likely to become obese if a friend did first, [cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/28/AR2007072801000.html|title=Love handles|publisher= The Washington Post|date=2007-07-29] and in August of the same year, Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper ran a story with the headline "Nicolas Sarkozy love handles 'airbrushed'" which claimed that a photograph of the French president Nicolas Sarkozyhad been edited when they were published in a magazine owned by one of his friends. [cite news|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/24/wsarko224.xml|title=Nicolas Sarkozy love handles 'airbrushed'|publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date=2007-08-24] The expression was also used by CBS Newsin March 2008in an article entitled "When Lions Get Love Handles" which described the difficulties zoos are having in ensuring a balanced diet for the animals in their care. [cite news|url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/17/tech/main3944935.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_3944935|title=When Lions Get Love Handles|publisher= CBS News|date=2008-03-17]
Love handles are also colloquially called a spare tire due to the enlarged
tire-like shape around the midsection. [cite web|url=http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-spare-tire.htm|title=What is a spare tire?|publisher=Wise Geek] Other synonyms are midriff bulge and muffin top.
Muffin top(also known belt overhang)
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