The Real Reason Why The World Is Getting Smaller….?

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.

I agree.

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.

It isn’t.

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.

The store said demand for roomier sizes had grown 170 per cent in the last two years, prompting it to expand its sizes from 3XL to 4XL, and now adding 5XL.

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.’

Quite a sad state of affairs I am sure you will agree but unfortunately a total necessity.
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.
A very tricky chicken and egg/ vicious circle scenario so as in many ways there is no real right or wrong answer. Mind you, at least the closing lines about child obesity is a war that we CAN win. All we need do is put ourselves out and do something about it. As you know I am walking 170 for HENRY the child obesity charity so why not make a donation. Simply go to Just Giving and type in my name Cameron McCulloch.
It is as simple as that.
‘Till tomorrow,
Stay out of the fridge.

24 thoughts on “The Real Reason Why The World Is Getting Smaller….?

  1. Osyth says:

    It is the epidemic of our generation. We are rightly worrying now about Zeka Virus, in the past we get het up about avian flu, HIV and many many other dreadful diseases but this creeping virus is the worst – fed by greed and not of the individual but of the manufacturers, the media and advertising. We have to stop it, reverse it and try try try to educate the young BEFORE they fall into the trap that you and so many others fell into. In the words of my French friend Philippe (one of many Philippes in my life) ‘it ‘urts my ‘eart’ This hurts mine.

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  2. fattymccupcakes says:

    It’s a really tough and touchy situation. With so many jumping on the Body Positive band wagon, I feel many might be getting the wrong impression of what that really means. To me, BP is realizing that you are more than your body and that you have more to offer than just a size. Just because someone is larger does not mean they’re less of a person who is more fit. With that being said, with so many people spreading the message that we are all, “fine the way we are” and more clothing lines accommodating for morbidly obese bodies, I fear many will just continue to get more and more unhealthy. Sad.

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  3. chattykerry says:

    I am conflicted about this too. Why shouldn’t obese people have fashionable clothes but, in my experience, this just helped my delusion about how fat I was. The more we see obesity as normal, the less likely we are to be highly motivated to lose the weight. Curiously, I live in a thin community which is at odds with the rest of Houston. Every time I see a runner with a cute little outfit, it makes me more determined to keep slim.

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  4. jncthedc says:

    It’s interesting Cameron, we are very good at identifying that people in this world are becoming larger and unhealthier. We are pretty good at answering the question, “WHY?” We are pretty good at coming up with ideas to change this picture. We are dreadful at implementing solutions. Is the financial cost to big business too much to compete with to improve the health of the world we live in?


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