A SHOCKED expression – illustrated through a wide-eyed look, sharp gasp and gaping mouth – followed by a resounding “what?” was the standard response yesterday when Warwick women were told those who fit into a size 12 garment are likely to be obese.
Women with a waistline of more than 80cm – about the average size of a pair of size 12 pants in the Rose City – are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer.
The women of Warwick seemed to be stunned by the revelation, with many considering a size 12 body to be “average”.
Warwick woman Lizel Bekker said it was not easy to maintain a size 12 body.
“I think a size 12, 14 or 16 is fine – an 18 is maybe pushing it a bit,” she said.
“Size 12 is normal for women, especially those with children – it’s not easy to get back to that size after having kids.”
And while much of the pressure for women to maintain a slender figure may be attributed to pleasing their male counterparts, it seems not every man is a fan of the teeny-tiny bodies.
Jeans West’s Candice Earl said there was more to a dress size than just the numbers flashing on the scales.
“I don’t think it is about size but more about body shape,” she said.
“Some people are an hourglass shape, others are pear-shaped – everyone is different.”
Miss Earl said while most people walk into the store with a preconceived idea on what size they are, a large percentage will walk out clad in jeans that are up to a whole size smaller.
“We start people in what size they think they are but a lot of people will walk out in a different size.
“In training I had a lady come in and tell me she was a 16 and she walked out in an 11.
“She was rapt and people feel amazing when they can do that.”
Mum of two Jess Smith said although she hoped to lose a few kilos before her impending wedding in November, her fiancé had declared his love of her curves.
“I said I want to lose a little bit of weight and he said ‘well, not too much’,” Miss Smith said.
Rockmans manager Nicole Miller said Warwick seemed to be experiencing a boom in demand for larger sizes, but said most people were a 12-14.
“I am finding five to six people a week are wanting larger than 18 sizes and asking where they can buy them in Warwick,” she said.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think everyone should be a size 20 because I don’t think it’s healthy but I don’t think there is anything wrong with size 12.
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