Though many Bollywood fans criticized former Miss World Aishwarya Rai for gaining weight after she had her first baby, many women in India are now trying to have similar curves and are even taking pills for it.
Rai, 39, was criticized for "letting her country down" after she went from a skinny frame to a curvy figure when she had her baby. People took to YouTube to comment about her new curves. "She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit," a commenter said. "She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to a size zero weeks after their delivery."
Now, they are trying to emulate her curves, as well as the curves of Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha.
Doctors said some women are even taking dangerous "fat pills," which consist of steroids, to gain weight. These pills can cause liver and kidney damage, osteoporosis, and loss of vision.
A kidney specialist, Sanjeev Bagai, said, "Young women want to look more feminine and gain curves in specific places."
The women are also taking Practin, an antihistamine that stimulates appetite, and Betnesol, a corticosteroid for allergies which causes weight gain.
Side effects include liver failure, jaundice, nausea, hallucination, depression, suicidal thoughts and glaucoma.
There was an editorial in Indian Vogue about skinny figures being out and fuller figures are in, calling it a "curvy renaissance."
But holistic health guru Mickey Mehta said women should not be pressured to follow weight trends, and should instead attain their natural figure.
"Women have to understand that they don't have to look like a mannequin. The idea of being attractive to men comes from looking healthy and having a body size that works for you," he said.