Chubby: (adj) plump and rounded.
Please do not feel the need to grab your thesaurus when describing me.
I am not portly.
I am not rotund.
I am not big-boned.
I don’t have a healthy appetite.
And as painful as the word may be, and as many different negative associations it carries, it is still better than “chubby.”
Chubby removes all possibility of being masculine.
Babies are cute and chubby.
Furry animals are chubby.
Things that are cute are dubbed chubby so we do not have to comment on their rolls of blubber.
In the pursuit of gentle phrasing, nobody’s feelings are spared. Only the speaker feels self-righteous about placating through terminology.
I’m too old to be chubby.
I’m too manly to be chubby.
I’m too fat to be chubby.
Chubby things are acceptably fat, yet fat things are not acceptably chubby.
I don’t want to be a chub, so I certainly don’t want to be chubby.
So as painful as it may be to my ears, I am more comfortable being referred to as a “fat person” instead of a man who has “a big body to hold his big heart.”