Have you looked at an online dating site or gotten a text/message that said HWP and are wondering what it means? Well, you’ll be learning not only what it means, but also the origin and how to use it…
What Does HWP Mean?
We’ll start with what it means. HWP, for the purpose of this article, means Height Weight Proportional. It’s used instead of specific numbers more commonly now because of the Body Positivity Movement.
So, someone could say 6′ 2″ and HWP. Which means they’re tall and heavy, but not overweight. HWP can also mean House Warming Party and Hard Working People.
Origin of HWP
As you probably figured out by now, it originated with personal ads and carried over to texting and online dating to save time typing.
You would pay by the letter or word in paper personal ads, so you would use acronyms to best describe yourself, to keep it as cheap as possible.
Other Meanings of HWP
- HWP can also stand for House Warming Party or Hard Working People.
- House Warming Party, as most of us know, is when you have a party to celebrate moving into a new house or apartment.
- Hard Working People is also pretty self-explanatory. You would use it to describe anyone or any group of people you’d consider hard working…
Who Uses HWP?
Considering that it’s mainly a dating term, usually young adults and anyone above that age group…
When to Use HWP?
As you probably figured out by now, you would use it in any situation where you’d be describing yourself, instead of posting or sending a picture. Such as on a dating site and you’re not comfortable with sharing a picture of yourself publicly.
Examples of How to Use HWP
On a dating site, describing yourself in your profile:
I’m an adventurous, fun person who loves to cook. Looking for someone to explore life with and cook for.
- Height/Weight: HWP
- Eyes: Brown
- Hair: Red
- Looking for: Serious Relationship
Someone messaging/texting you after they see your profile:
- Person 1: So, what do you look like?
- Person 2: HWP. I’ll send a pic…
Other Ways to Say HWP
Of course, you could just type out Height Weight Proportional. You could also use GL, which means Good Looking instead. Or Big and Beautiful, Slightly Overweight, but Healthy. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of creative ways to say this…
I actually like using this term instead of giving specific numbers. We’re all much more than a number on the scale (or measuring tape). It can be demeaning to be treated less than because you’re shorter or overweight. Sometimes it’s a health condition that can cause weight gain. And we can’t do much about height, except wear heels…
I’m not saying don’t take care of yourself. We should all strive to be as healthy as possible, but we shouldn’t only focus on the numbers (including BMI). We should focus on eating as healthy as possible and moving our bodies, no matter their size.