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Whose Ideal Size Are You Anyway?
Adapted From Dieting For Dummies; by Jane Kirby For The American Dietetic Association.


The first chart compares the average American woman to media and society ideals, demonstrating that when it comes to selling clothes, life does not imitate art.

   
Average Woman
Model
Dress size  
12
6
Weight  
138
120
Height  
5'4"
5'8" to 5'11"
Body measurements  
37-29-40
34-25-34
Percent body fat  
32
18


This phenomenon is not unique to women. Even male models are smaller than the average American male. This chart illustrates the differences.

   
Average Man
Model
Pant size  
34 to 36
30
Suit size  
42 regular
40 regular
Weight  
170
145
Height  
5'10"
6'
Body measurements  
42 chest
34-36 waist
39 chest
30 waist
Percent body fat  
23
15


The important point to take away from these charts is that you need to stop comparing yourself and your weight to unrealistic numbers. Even if you diet religiously, you probably won't end up with the body of a supermodel. Stop beating yourself up for not meeting standards that are so unrealistic and concentrate on the things you can do to make your body healthy. And learn to feel good about your progress, too.

 

 
   
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