I’ve reached the half way mark. It is all downhill from here.
Throughout the month of April, I am going to be using the A-Z blogging challenge to update the seven deadly sins with my suggested twenty six more modern versions. I’m half way through the month already and am quite getting into it. Self-praise is a sin however. The second half of the alphabet is the harder part so I mustn’t get too smug. It is the kicker (see K).
M is for muffin top. Now, I am not one for fat-shaming (see F for fat shaming and J for judgemental) nor do I think it is my place to tell anyone what to wear but we, as humans, have clothes for a reason. Several reasons in fact. Apart from the obvious of keeping us warm and dry, they are there to hide those parts of our flesh that are best left unseen. They can also be used to emphasise those parts of our physique of which we are proudest. Pride is an ancient sin as well.
According to the Daily Mail in April 2009 (don’t judge me!) ‘The so-called muffin top is the overhanging flesh that spills over the waistband. Not a good look by anyone’s standards.’
I first heard the expression in the Australian television series Kath and Kim, about a mother and daughter living in suburbia. Kath says to Kim ‘The muffin top! The unsightly tummy overload. Look, you’re mushrooming out on all sides – it’s positively nuclear!’
In Seinfeld, the American sitcom, Elaine opens a shop that only sells the tops of muffins and discards the stumps. Disposing of the unused bottoms is a challenge. You can get a muffin top by eating too many of any part of a muffin.
Thou shalt not expose your muffin top.