A nation of heavyweights
November 11, 2013

The other day, I went to buy some shirts. The salesman measured me and told me to go with the slim-fit cut.

aEURoeYou donaEUR(TM)t want a shirt thataEUR(TM)s too blousy in the middle,aEUR? he said.

Now, IaEUR(TM)ve never worked in a clothing store but I know IaEUR(TM)ve never been a slim fit. For most of my life IaEUR(TM)ve been average. But, in the United States, and in a several other countries, the obesity epidemic has become so rampant that what was average, or even slightly heavier than average for decades, is now considered slim.

The average American today male stands just under 5aEUR(TM)10aEUR?, and weighs about 195 pounds. The average female stands 5aEUR(TM)4aEUR?, and weighs 165 pounds. The United States is a very big country aEUR" and it is still growing.


Jack Dempsey: He ain’t heavy

Consider this fact. If the average American male weighed only 5 pounds more, heaEUR(TM)d qualify to box as a heavyweight. ThataEUR(TM)s how big weaEUR(TM)ve become. The legendary boxer, Jack Dempsey, who was heavyweight champ from 1919 to 1926, weighed 193 pounds, two pounds less than most men.

The fashion industry has taken note of our expanding girth and rather than tell us the truth aEUR" that weaEUR(TM)re getting a little pudgy aEUR" has been stitching little white lies in our labels. As a result, if the average woman wore a size 10, in 1995, sheaEUR(TM)s probably still wearing a size 10 now, even though sheaEUR(TM)s added 20 pounds to the size of her frame.

The obesity epidemic has take a terrible toll on our health, with no appreciable benefits except for one: for the first time in my life, I can fit into a slim-fit shirt aEUR" and I did it without losing a pound.


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