Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.
It’s the weekend!
And there was no build up because I didn’t post yesterday. Very strange for me not to post and even stranger for me not to tell you guys that is what I was planning to do.
So first of all, first things first (well they couldn’t be last….)
Apologies for no post and no notification of such. Unfortunately it was out of my hands and there was no internet connection. I know the last time this happened I used my phone as a hot spot but unfortunately the charges were ridiculous so I decided against it. Fortunately however, I had already written the last three posts and scheduled them to fly throughout the week so they were all sat there only needing simple editing which could be done on the iPhone prior to posting…. You know what, I’m not even sure that this last paragraph has made sense!
Anyway, who cares, I know what I was talking about and that is all that matters!
So, to business. Today I was wondering what to write when a friend messaged me about a story in one of the country’s daily newspapers. Now personally I don’t read newspapers so would have missed this but this person very thoughtfully sent it over to me after thinking it should be shared.
And to that end, here is the article from The Daily Mail. It not only talks about men’s clothing sizes going up but it finally answered why we think the world is getting smaller.
We are simply getting bigger.
Rosie Taylor and Ben Spencer wrote the following and I am sure you will agree, it is quite a sobering thought…..
“British men’s bulging waistlines have expanded so much that high street chains are having to sell ever bigger plus-size ranges.
Debenhams has launched a 5XL line in response to growing demand from customers for larger clothing.
Its expanded Big and Tall range for men now fits a size 62 to 64 inch chest and a 20 inch collar.
One in nine menswear items bought at the high street chain are now in sizes larger than XXL, which fits a 50–52 inch chest and an 18 inch collar.
While the retailer already sells a small selection of 5XL and 6XL tracksuit bottoms and t-shirts, its new range will expand its extra large men’s clothing to include suits, shirts, jackets and trousers.
Industry researcher Mintel said the UK market for plus-sized menswear was growing at three times the rate of sales of men’s clothing overall, and was 50 per cent more than the growth in women’s plus-size clothing.
Retail analyst Conlumino added that the UK spent £2.1billion on XL garments last year, a rise of £200million from four years ago.
It predicts this will increase by another £200million in the next two years. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, warned clothes could soon get even bigger.
He added: ‘It is atrocious as it is because people are getting fatter. Children are becoming overweight at a very young age and they keep on getting bigger.
‘These people will be sure candidates for size 5XL or 6XL – and maybe even more.’
But Paul Baldwin, of Debenhams, said: ‘We want to ensure that we offer our customers fashionable, well-fitting clothing at accessible prices, whatever their shape and size.’
When I was morbidly obese I had to buy my clothes online and was so happy when I found something that fitted and looked reasonably fashionable. Therefore I honestly feel this is a good service to offer because lets face it, just because someone is obese, it doesn’t always (if ever) mean they have given up on the way they look so why should they be forced to wear jogging pants and sweat tops as fashion clothing, when their equally slim counterparts are not.
But it is kind of a double edged sword isn’t it? On one hand the person who shops here now has a greater selection of fashion clothing but on the other it removes yet another incentive of losing weight so they can “slim back into that suit” rather than buy a bigger one.