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    Saturday, December 16, 2006

    Never Miss a Chance to Nag: A British professor of public health wants oversize clothing to come with a special label:

    Oversize clothes should have obesity helpline numbers sewn on them to try and reduce Britain's fat crisis, a leading professor said today.

    ...He also wants to see adviceline numbers attached to all clothes sold with waists above 102 cm for men, 94 cm for boys, 88 cm or size 16 for women and 80 cm for girls

    Maybe size 16 in Britain is different than a size 16 in the U.S., but there are a lot of middle-aged women who need a size 18 that don't fit the definition of "obese." And here's another news flash for the good professor - overweight people are already aware of their problem. They're reminded every time they look in the mirror - as when they're buying new clothes. Does the process have to be made any more insulting?

    posted by Sydney on 12/16/2006 07:54:00 AM 8 comments


    FYI sizes run smaller in the UK, so a size 16 there is something like a 12 or 14 here. Making the problem even worse, of course.

    Of course, the fact that a person could be 5'11" is evidently irrelevant.

    By Anonymous Danie, at 12:37 AM  

    Yeah, this'll fly in the same country that a) got a doctor disciplined by the state board of medicine for calling a patient fat and b) already has downward size creep to make people feel better about the clothes they wear. We'll end up with the largest size being labled a 4 and the smaller sizes going into decimals or negative #'s.

    By Blogger Bladedoc, at 9:16 AM  

    Maybe we can just do what guys do...standardize the clothing sizes in inches. Hmmm, novel idea that.

    By Anonymous Dara, at 3:12 PM  

    dara, even that will not escape the garment police. They have men's "proper sizes identified, too.....

    By Anonymous danie, at 2:47 PM  

    bladedoc, you are referring to "size creep". As a matter of fact, I wear a size smaller than I did in college but am ten to fifteen pounds heavier (don't worry, my BMI is still 22). It's a true miracle, I tell you!

    My guess is that sizes have crept down at least two sizes in twenty or thirty years. Anyone who owns vintage clothing knows this, vintage clothiers often modify the size description by adding the year, such as "a 1950's size 12". Those who like to justify chunkiness often say that Marilyn Monroe was a size
    ten. Right, and that would be a six, now. Which of course, is still "fat" as anyone who watched "The Devil Wears Prada," could tell you.

    Americans are either too fat or to thin. Evidently there are no average health Americans left, we all have eating disorders of one type or another.

    By Anonymous Danie, at 3:05 PM  

    My grandfather worked in the clothing industry for years and I've done a little myself in college to pay the bills. Loved it, but the sizing just made me laugh. Just to let you know I am aware of the "size creep" as are most people who have worked in clothing, the average size in the US has risen from 130 for women in the 1950s to 174+ for women in the 1990s. You are correct in that most clothing makers resized the international standard for clothing in the 70s and again in the 90s to accommodate the nervous shopper. Ironically the average woman today while 40 some pounds heavier still wears a size 10 that her 1950s grandmother did.

    By Anonymous Dara, at 9:43 AM  

    Not a NY'er, but I suspect we'll be lessening our reliance on trans fat oils soon anyway. I've done a little research and found that the costs of alternative oils are slightly higher. In the process, I discovered a fat replacement ingredient made from corn fiber that can be used to cut oils and lower calories while adding dietary fiber. Not a bottom line issue, but intriguing given all the "go healthy" buzz.

    Oprah's physician, Mehmet Oz mentioned it in his new best seller, "You on a Diet.' Gave it a pretty good plug on page 90. Supposedly can't be detected. Priced about the same, so its a wash. Thinking I might as well give it a try. Anyone heard of it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

    Perhaps one should tattoo the helpline number onto the patients stomach. The only way to remove the tattoo? Remove the waist line!

    Perhaps I will discuss this at the next professorship AGM in UK.

    Yours hungrily
    Prof Scrub

    By Anonymous Prof Scrub, at 8:03 PM  

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