Yet another frightening development in America’s journey to eternal FatAssitude. This weekend, I was on a trip and ran out of clean clothes, so I skipped out to the nearest store (which happened to be a Wal-Mart) in search of a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for, but I had to buy size “Small” shorts, because the other ones were way too big!
Does this mean that I’ve lost weight? Nope, I’m still 5’7″ (1.7 metres) tall and I still weigh roughly 180 pounds (82 kg). I still consider myself somewhat overweight and would like to get down to about 170 pounds. But then I looked at the label, and guess what: a “Small” sized pair of shorts from Wal-Mart now has a waist size of 34″ to 36″! I’m actually on the low side of the range for these shorts, and sure enough, they fit quite loosely.
Now, I don’t know what planet these Wal-Mart people are from, but in my world, a guy with a 34″ to 36″ waist is not small. I’ve bought size “Medium” for 15 years, and suddenly I’m a “Small”. Of course, we all know what this means: it means that people are getting so goddamned fat nowadays that a man with a 36″ waist is considered small. I can only look forward to the day when normal people have to wear kids’ clothes because all of the “new” adult sizes are tent-like in proportion.
This isn’t just an isolated observation or a brain-fart by Wal-Mart’s marketing people; according to the CDC as reported by NCHS, the average weight for an American adult male has ballooned from 166 pounds in 1960 to 191 pounds in 2002, and the average weight for an American adult female shot up from 140 lbs to 164 pounds over the same period. Looks like we really are becoming a nation of fat-asses.
I suppose this means that according to Wal-Mart, I no longer have to lose weight. But I think I’ll keep trying to get down to 170 lbs anyway, and I’ll just have to make sure to shop at more upscale stores than Wal-Mart if I ever have a clothing emergency in future.