Chubby in French
Word potelé: chubby

Most of the time, the French adjective potelé is used to describe a baby. Nevertheless, it is also common to employ it to refer to an overweight woman as a euphemism (to reduce the importance of the matter) or when someone's implying an emotional connotation, meaning it is lovely. Here are some examples using the French word potelé:

  • Ce bébé est si potelé qu'on le mangerait (de bisous) tant il est mignon!
    This baby is so chubby that one could eat it (with kisses), he/she is very cute!
  • Je trouve vos petits bras potelés vraiment très charmants, Mademoiselle.
    I find your little chubby arms really very charming, Miss.

The French word potelé in context:

Juillet 2007. Les médecins mettent en garde contre les problèmes de poids voire d'obésité chez les plus jeunes.

Selon les chiffres, le nombre d'enfants obèses s'est multiplié par trois en l'espace d'une vingtaine d'année et la maladie touche plus de 20% d'entre eux en France.

Les raisons sont diverses, et les gènes entrent également en ligne de compte ainsi qu'une suralimentation. De plus, les enfants seraient devenus trop sédentaires ou seraient psychologiquement troublées, ce qui mène à de mauvaises habitudes alimentaires.

Les premiers indices concernent les nourrissons potelés qui même passé 12 mois ne s'affinent pas même en étant très actifs.

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English translation:

July 2007. Doctors send a warning to people about the problems of weight and even obesity among very young people.

According to figures, the number of obese children has trebled over the last 20 years and the illness is affecting more than 20% of French children.

There are many reasons for it, and genes can be considered as well as overeating. What is more, children may have become too inactive or may suffer from psychological problems as a result of bad eating habits.

The first indications concern chubby babies, who, after 12 months do not get slimmer even if they are very active.

Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.

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