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Old 05-15-2013, 08:28 AM   #21
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Seems to me, this yet another vague and possibly misleading indicator due to different body types. Some folks have short legs/long legs, long torsos/short torsos or thick or thin torsos, and while it might be a reasonable metric for average body types if there is such a thing, I would not put much credance to it for declaring oneself as being in good shape.
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For those of you who just took your pants size and divided by your height, you may want to get out the measuring tape. The clothing industry has been gaming sizes for years, knowing that many people will prefer the pants where they fit into the 'smaller' size.

In other words your 34in jeans probably aren't 34"....
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That's true, but cutting the other way is that with the current low rise trend, most pants are worn substantially below the waist. I wear an indicated pant size at least 2" bigger than my true waist, and figure those pants are probably actually more like 4" bigger than my true waist, because I don't wear high-rise pants and I like them to sit down lower on my hips and to be a little loose.

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For those of you who just took your pants size and divided by your height, you may want to get out the measuring tape. The clothing industry has been gaming sizes for years, knowing that many people will prefer the pants where they fit into the 'smaller' size.

In other words your 34in jeans probably aren't 34"....
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Good thing I am 7'2"...............
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That's true, but cutting the other way is that with the current low rise trend, most pants are worn substantially below the waist. I wear an indicated pant size at least 2" bigger than my true waist, and figure those pants are probably actually more like 4" bigger than my true waist, because I don't wear high-rise pants and I like them to sit down lower on my hips and to be a little loose.
I'm not sure I've ever owned a pair of pants that went all the way up to my waist!
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I haven't either, but there are some old fogeys on here

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I thought this was only happening with women's clothing (where I magically went from a size 12 to a size 6 without losing any weight). Didn't realize "vanity sizing" had hit men's clothing, too....then again, why not.

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In other words your 34in jeans probably aren't 34"....
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Good thing I am 7'2"...............
But what is your height?
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I am really, really short waisted. My BMI is 20, but I still have belly fat. Perhaps they will invent a waist extension surgery
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The model in the picture in the article has a nice waist. I hope she is taller than 5'4"!

I was relaying this new less than 50% ratio to DW (who is a registered dietitian) and gave a bit of a stare at her pear shape. She responded "That isn't nice." Lucky to be alive.

I may have been less than 50% when we got married, but that ship sailed long ago I'm afraid.
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I was relaying this new less than 50% ratio to DW (who is a registered dietitian) and gave a bit of a stare at her pear shape. She responded "That isn't nice." Lucky to be alive.
By God's grace you are alive, are you done setting off nuclear warheads for now?
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Have often heard that the extra pounds in the "pear shaped" build can be protective against osteoporosis and other ailments that disproportionately afflict the thin, while not having the bad effects of the belly spare tire. So give a nice long admiring look to that healthy pear shape!

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The model in the picture in the article has a nice waist. I hope she is taller than 5'4"!

I was relaying this new less than 50% ratio to DW (who is a registered dietitian) and gave a bit of a stare at her pear shape. She responded "That isn't nice." Lucky to be alive.

I may have been less than 50% when we got married, but that ship sailed long ago I'm afraid.
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