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But then she re "slender" or "athletic and toned" for their preferred body type. The dating show "More to Love" suggests that love comes in all shapes and sizes, but plus-size singles say their weight sometimes gets in the way of finding love online, even though two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

Cynthia Colby, 55, who works in multimedia marketing and promotions in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, said she tried eHarmony and Match.

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She included that she was a large woman size 20 in her profile and posted photos, but typically when she reminded matches about her size, they'd say, "'Oh. I didn't know. That changes things. Cheryl Sellick, 54, of Cherryville, N. She sends the men an e-mail before meeting in person: "'I want to remind you I am a big beautiful woman. Are you sure you want to do this?

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Sellick is now looking for matches on the MoretoLove. Studies show that people who are overweight face discrimination in many areas, including work, education, health care and even from families and friends, according to Peggy Howell of the National Association to Advancement Fat Acceptance. Dating seems to be no different. A Wake Forest University study earlier this year found that men find thin, seductive women the most attractive. Researchers surveyed 4, men and women aged 18 to plus and asked them how attractive they found photos of members of the opposite sex.

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The men had similar body type preferences, while the women had a more diverse range of responses, said lead researcher Dustin Wood. No wonder some women lie on their profiles, choosing a "few extra pounds" instead of "heavyset" or posting photos from younger, thinner years.

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Laura Triplett, an assistant professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton, who studies fat discrimination, said many larger-sized women are rejected once they meet a potential mate in person, even if they are upfront about size in profiles and photos. She said in one instance, a man flew a woman across the country for a meeting, was disappointed when he saw her and asked her to refund the price of the ticket, claiming he flew her there under false pretenses.

When they actually see the person, taboo takes over.

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Simply being near someone who possesses a socially undesirable trait is enough to trigger fear of public outcry. Triplett suggests overweight women use a niche site like MoretoLove.


But she does not advise including weight or size in profiles. It's one of the reasons eHarmony doesn't ask about weight in its questionnaire.

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Matching focuses on psychological characteristics, such as shared values, beliefs, attitudes and interests rather than looks, said Paul Breton of eHarmony. But people should be honest, said James Houran, columnist and spokesman for Online Personals Magazine, whether it's about size, height or how much hair they have.

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He calls the eHarmony approach naive; men are visual creatures, he said. Some men, of course, want to date large women.

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Bill Fabrey, 68, of Mount Marion, N. He himself is 5 foot 8 and pounds. He complains that some women on plus-size sites are reluctant to post photos. Linda Arroz, 50, of Los Angeles, a lifestyle expert and former plus-size spokesmodel, said a lot of online success comes from confidence.

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