the amount or quantity of heaviness or mass; amount a thing weighs
I do not like the current pre-occupation the media has with what everyone should weigh. Well… not just the media but everyone in general. I can see why. I saw it the other day while at a baseball game. There were several people who could barely fit into a stadium seat. Several. I hear daily on various TV shows that as a nation we are overweight and out of shape. And I don’t disagree. But I also disagree with the media monsters who are trying to make us into stick figures.
Case in point: my 11-year-old son who weighs 75lbs (with a roll of quarters in his pocket) can wear a women’s size small. He wanted a Puma jacket and the Puma outlet store doesn’t sell children’s sizes, so we found a black Puma jacket in the women’s section. Size Small. At the baseball game we visited the souvenir shop and they had a selection of “women’s” t-shirts and jerseys. Although I didn’t make him try them on I doubt the small would have fit him. Based on several of the women I saw at the game I have a feeling they are losing money in the women’s t-shirt section.
So to be a size small I would need to weigh roughly 75lbs – or basically the size and shape of an 11-year-old boy. What is that like a size “0”? I didn’t even weigh that in my skinny days. I think I weighed that in the 5th grade. And in case you really want to feel bad about yourself visit Aeropostal where the ladies jeans sizes start at 3/4. No that’s not a size 3 or 4 it’s a size 3/4 – as in less than 1. At this rate by the time my daughter is in high school they will have a size “E” for “evaporated” or “emaciated.”
We were flipping through the TV channels the other day at work and came across a station that plays black & white shows like “I Love Lucy” and “Green Acres.” I had to laugh at the general “nosy neighbor” character I saw on both shows. The middle-aged woman who is dressed in a frumpy dress to hide her size 12 figure next to the star who is about a size 8ish. Girls from the day had curves! Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 thank you very much. Today the “nosy neighbor” is usually a size 4 (on Desperate Housewives there is a standard size 2) wearing 4 inch stiletto heels, micro mini skirt and cleavage popping halter top.
Now all my ranting aside I don’t plan on suing anyone anytime soon. Like the poor girl who is suing Hooters because they don’t make her size of orange shorts. I guess her life long dream is to be a Hooters girl (side note: aim higher in life). But much to her dismay, Hooters girls shorts come in 3 sizes: extra small, small and medium (side note: I know this because one of the girls I used to work with worked at Hooters). So I’m guessing based on the size charts referenced above, the most you could weigh to work at Hooters is about 115 – 120lbs. She has decided to sue Hooters to provide a size large shorts. Now although I don’t agree with current sizing charts I also live in the real world where I would love to advise this young girl one thing: No body wants to see 10 lbs of sausage stuffed into a 5 lb sack. If they don’t make your size shorts, it means you shouldn’t be wearing them in the first place!
But that is a whole different topic to blog about……. why you should own a full length mirror.