Clothing sizes are BS! Don’t believe the hype.

One of the joys of having lost weight is that I can buy new clothes (or used from consignment shops – my favorite ’cause I get to buy stuff cheap that other guys have gotten too big for!)  It’s nice not to have to wear sweatpants etc.

I ordered some T shirts the other day from Amazon.  I ordered L (large).  However, I’m swimming in them.  I’d need medium.  I think they do this to make people not realize they’ve gained weight, or to make them feel good when they buy a size L that used to be XL or even XXL.  But in European clothes, I’m usually an XL (6’2″ 205 lbs, down from peak 337 lbs).

Another problem I have is that generally shirts or jackets that fit me in the neck and shoulders are WAY too big in waist, to accommodate today’s American man.  It’s funny, because if I buy the supposedly same size (chest) in European clothes, the waist may be tight. This summer I was in the Netherlands (tallest people in the world; everyone rides bikes) and many stores did not have my size (XXL for them).  So, go figure – L is too big here, I’m XXL there!

I put my faith in the mirror; the tape measure; and the scale.  NOT the clothing size!

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Mae Truesdale-Blocker

    You are right, I use to work in a clothing factory many years ago. We made garments for high end and low end stores, If you want to know your true size try on a garment in a low end store. Same garment different labels a size 12 in a high end store was a 14 in a low end store.

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