First, I think you some of you guys should be ashamed of yourselves.
While I myself lean more towards a skinny person, I know first hand that going to the gym every day is a hard habit to form, and many other people have special challenges and difficulties maintaining a certain weight or appearance.
However, no one who likes Star Wars should be discouraged from having fun and dressing up in costume!
That's just being cruel to too many people, older - not to mention younger - to make them feel more discomfort at not having the ideal body type. I agree they should get into shape or seek medical / surgical assistance in doing so, but that cannot be accomplished before October 31 and may not be affordable for them before Celebration 3.
So why are you raining on their parade if they want to fantasize they are an Imperial Officer or a Jedi Knight? They aren't the real deal - these are fictional characters. Say they are going as a Navy Seal or Desert Storm Veteran - or even a Trekker as a Starfleet Officer: there are a lot of people who cannot qualify for the military or the space program and ARE in shape. Even if an olympic athlete dresses as a Navy Seal (and could feasibly qualify for the real deal) they are wearing a fantasy costume for the same reasons a real Navy Seal might dress as an Imperial Officer for Halloween. You'd hope the latter knows the difference between fun and reality and doesn't try to use their professional weapons like they're playing with the Death Star!
So ease up on people who do not conform to 'movie star body types' -because that's why George Lucas hires movie stars (movie extras) to play these parts and Robin Gurland doesn't do casting calls at Jenny Craig Centers!
Lastly, I'll admit that people, especially our ladies, should take a little more restraint in choosing whether they are the body-types for the Slave Leia or Arena-Damage Padme costumes, as those styles reveal deliberate quantities of skin - quantities which are supposed to be limited by the costume, and not over-expose' by the diameter If you want to wear one of these costumes, I suggest you make it a goal now to be able to fit into this style NEXT year, or the year after, and work towards it.
But in general, if most people are dressing up as an Imperial Officer, Clone Trooper, or Jedi Knight, give them some slack for their body type and all-due-appreciation for the effort they put into creating their costume.
Meanwhile, of course the Rebel Alliance, the Ewok Warriors, the Gungan Army, the Twi'lek Diplomatic Service, Dexter's Diner, Jabba the Hutt's Slave Services and many other facets of the Star Wars Universe accept and display examples of many heroes and villains alike, who are of many different body types. Jek Porkins is perhaps only the most famous heavy-weight hero.
Hasn't anyone thought of going out as the Reek or the Nexu? There's another idea.
I myself don't yet own a Star Wars costume and I think my work in this year's elections will force me to resign from going to Halloween parties this year and I'll have to wait a year before I delve into this. So I totally envy anyone who has the opportunity to dress up, feel free, and have fun!
No one should be embarrassed for posting their picture here and everyone should be glad to see our fellow fans having a good time. So everyone go on and have a Happy Halloween!