When size no longer matters.

Yesterday, I was talking with someone in her 20’s at work about size…after the 3rd comment of the day that went something like this, “You’re so thin/slender/tiny.”

My reply, “In 1970, I’d be wearing a size 14.” 

It’s easy to tell when someone doesn’t believe you.  There’s a subtle smirk and the eyes go slightly to the left or right (being dyslexic,  it could easily be my other left or my other right).

That’s when I added in the zinger:  “I know because I still have clothes from that era.”

Yes, I’m considered a size “small” by today’s standards,  just barely a size 6 going on 7.

Fast backward to the Polyester Period

Were it 1970, my doctor would be putting me on a diet.  After all, size 14 was considered a bit chubby in those days.

I’m not saying that having a little padding is a bad thing, and certainly not as bad as the bulimia and/or anorexia that became epidemic among women in the 1960’s and 70’s who were trying to look like this. 


My point is…


…and what is “thin” today was “fat” 40 years ago.

Here’s a chart of sizes for women from 1958 to 2011.  There is a chart I found a few years ago even better than this one, it showed sizes from 1930 to the 21st century, but I can’t find it now. 

Undoubtedly, I’ll find it again in a few years when I’m looking for something else.  

Washington Post Sizing Chart

Here’s another factoid to munch on (from:  https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm)


  • Percent of adults aged 20 and over with obesity: 39.8% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of adults aged 20 and over with overweight, including obesity: 71.6% (2015-2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2017, table 53[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Children and adolescents

  • Percent of adolescents aged 12-19 years with obesity: 20.6% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of children aged 6-11 years with obesity: 18.4% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of children aged 2-5 years with obesity: 13.9% (2015-2016)

Yes, almost 3/4 of our population is overweight or obese.

In the USA, 1970’s, it was EXACTLY the opposite.

Now, I’ll delve into the psychological factors I face when people tell me, “Your so slender.”

I feel FAT.  It’s uncomfortable and bras make my boobs hurt.

Will I be going on a diet?  No. 

When you get older, the fat has a mind of its own.  Presently, it’s centered in my chest and stomach, an obstacle when I’m trying to touch my toes.  Inconvenient, but not life threatening.

And it’s not like I’m going to be the next supermodel.