The class had a variety of answers, of course, but there was an especially marked difference between the male and the female students - most of the women said that being called "stocky" would be a huge insult, but wouldn't mind "emaciated," while the guys were quite the opposite.
So now I'm asking everybody on this community how they'd classify these words, to see what the difference is among the eating disordered population.
The words are as follows:
bony, cadaverous, delicate, emaciated, fleshless, gangling, gaunt, haggard, lanky, lean, rawboned, scrawny, skeletal, skinny, slender, slight, slim, spare, spindly, svelte, thin, underfed, undernourished, underweight, and wizened.
beefy, big, bulky, chubby, chunky, corpulent, elephantine, fat, fleshy, heavy-set, obese, overweight, paunchy, plump, ponderous, portly, pudgy, rotund, stocky, stout, thickset, tubby, well-fed, well-padded.
You can classify them as follows:
Very positive (++), positive (+), neutral (0), negative (-), very negative (--)
Oh, and if you think it makes a difference, you can say what kind of a disorder you've got. I'd be curious to know how this differs from my class (I'll post the results that my classmates came up with later).