Question, is it a common habit for Taiwanese people to pick on strangers, telling the strangers your appearance is bad and you need to fix it?
One of my family member is stocky. According to Western standard and in my opinion, he’s being over-weighted at best, but not being fat, and not even close to being obese.
But in Taiwan, he got strangers coming up to him and having some chit chats with him, but the only main purpose of the conversation was to tell him, “You are too fat, it is not healthy, you need to lose weight, bla bla bla.”
And it comes from all types of people, young guys, young women, old guys, old women,etc, so it is a very bizarre social interactive experience for him.
And some of the guys even grabbed his belly, saying "Your belly is too big. You need to lose weight."
These Taiwanese people aren’t fitness coaches or doctors(even if they are, it’s still bizarre for them to do it to a stranger), and what’s more ironic, they aren’t in particularly good shapes themselves.
So, it’s just WTF at its finest.
He then ask me what those people are thinking and whether it is a common culture for Taiwanese to do that to one another.
Seriously, I don’t know how to answer, so hence the question here.
I think it’s global common sense not to do such a thing to people you don’t know well.
But they just did it.
And this is actually a not even obese guy who have to face such annoying thing.
I can’t imagine how it will be like, if it is a real obese man or woman, how are those Taiwanese going to annoy them with their unwanted body assessment and advice.