I picked up an old non-fiction "Big & Beautiful" which turned out to be written in 1990. Interesting to see how attitudes have changed about being a big woman. In 1990, I was the average size (UK 14) but now am a retired and dog-less 24! Not being able to exercise much hasn't helped!
So far, the author scolds big actresses for taking comic character roles where they are the butt of jokes, although admitting there is not much else on offer.
I notice that in the list of shops which stocked large fashions, my city rated two, I can now go to a dozen in my area alone. We have it so much better now.