Eons ago I wrote Size is a matter of opinion? because it certainly seems to be that way. More recently I wrote a continuation of these themes in What are the measurements of a size 10? (and part two) but today I find more research from official sources on the subject. My summary conclusion being, how can consumers rationally expect manufacturers to size garments in keeping with their expectations if so many are delusional? In all fairness, designers can be delusional too. I watched a video interview of a designer from Chicago who said she’d never cut anything smaller than a size six because “nobody needs to be wearing anything smaller than that” and as an aside mentioned she wore a six. She couldn’t have weighed an ounce under 180lbs but was probably closer to 200.
But I digress. In next month’s issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers Rahman and Berenson share their most recent findings: “many women identify overweight as normal, not based on the scale but on how they view themselves.” Nearly 25% of overweight women think their weight is normal. I don’t think it’s any surprise do you? Earlier research shows it depends on who your friends are; you normalize to the weight of your crowd. Can’t speak for you but I eat less when I eat with Sally who has the figure of a prima ballerina. In the new year, maybe we should all resolve to make friends with skinny people.
And guys, don’t feel smug; men are worse. Research from 2009 shows men feel much the same. Specifically, almost half of overweight (including obese) men reported their weight as underweight or normal. Perhaps worse, men and women minimize weight problems in their kids too.
How uncharitable of me to mention this just before the biggest pig-out of the year, eh? I’m just jealous. The picture off to the right shows we’ll be burning plenty of calories this holiday weekend. According to Uhaul, this is one of the biggest moving weekends of the year. Who knew? Uhaul called us twice to confirm, they have ten people who want our truck if we don’t.
Hope your holiday is warm and happy!