Your ideal size as a woman today may be a tad different than if you were living in the time when Marilyn Monroe was the symbol of sexy.
People often assumed Marilyn Monroe was not a size 16, but an exhibit of Marilyn Monroe’s costumes revealed Marilyn Monroe was a size 8 most of her career, and a size 10 at her heaviest. To add another “curve,” pun intended, clothing sizes have generally been beefed up a size to accommodate the expanding size of women’s hips.
Marilyn Monroe’s chest/waist/hip body measurements were 36, 23, 35. In contrast, the average American woman is 5 4,” weights 140 to 162 and wears a size 14. An average woman today has measurements of 38 1/2 (chest), 34 (waist), 40 1/2 inches (hips).
A friend of mine was at a party recently and confessed she slipped into her hostess’ bedroom closet to check out what sizes her friend wore. “She had size 14s!” happily exclaimed my friend, who is probably a size 10.
Meanwhile, most Hollywood stars have 10 to 15 percent body fat, and wear sizes 2 or 4.
When The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo lost 20 pounds to slim down to a size 6, she was mocked as still looking too fat by people who thought someone who is only 5 feet 1 inches should be a size 2 or 4. With her matronly G-Type body type or pear shape, Manzo, even at 115 to 122 pounds, did not appear on camera as thin as Hollywood stars. Kelly Osbourne is another star who has a difficult body type and has to slim down significantly to look good on camera.
Have Women’s Clothing Sizes Changed?
Without a doubt most size sixes today are the old size eights. In Britain, the National Sizing Survey looked at women’s body shapes in Britain. They found the average waist size is 34 inches compared to 27 and a half in 1951. Women today, they found, are taller and have bigger busts and hips.
In terms of sizes, Mark & Spencer came out with a woman’s size 12 that was the same as the old size 14. In order to avoid embarrassing women today, many other clothing retailers have also secretly loosened the seams and followed suit.
What’s a Healthy Weight Range?
Your target weight should still be the weight based on the standard BMI height and weight charts. The range presented in the BMI chart is reasonable, and even with muscle mass and a large body frame, women should be able to reach the healthy range. Moreover, women are allowed to be a little heavier as they grow older.
What’s a Realistic Weight Loss Per Week?
Setting weight loss goals is important for reaching a healthy weight for your height. A realistic weight loss plan includes one that focuses on nutrition and exercise. A realistic weight loss per week is about 2 pounds, although some people may lose 3 to 5 if they are obese and making drastic lifestyle changes.
Exercise and Size Connection
The best realistic weight loss tips include exercising longer and/or harder depending on your level of fitness. According to a study at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, California that looked at 27,000 walkers, women who walk 18 miles a week had a chest size that was 70 percent smaller and a waist size 78 percent smaller than those who walked 2.5 miles a week.
In addition to weight training and aerobic exercise, overcoming a taste for fat can help you slim down. Your ideal women’s clothing size may depend on whether you are small, medium or large frame; whether you are a pear or hourglass shape and whether you have excess skin/fat from pregnancies or being obese. Maintain good exercise and eating habits and you may find a new skinny jean size that proves it’s not all in your genes!
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The Sunday Times: Was Marilyn Monroe a Size 16?
Going to waist; Women are 6 inches wider than those in 1950s