The Average Woman Is No Longer A Size 14

Diply 13 Oct 2017

I know it might be hard to believe, but the average size of women is not a size two, four, or six. That took a while for me to believe, especially since all I see on social media and on TV is celebrities that look pretty lean and thin.

Data from over 10 years ago has said that the average American woman is a size 14.

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Which is crazy that that's still a pretty hard size to find in most clothing stores!

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However, a new study conducted using the measurements of over 5,500 American women had different findings. 

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The new data found the average size of an American woman is now between a size 16 and 18!

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But of course we know sizing is so ridiculous and a size 18 at one store can be a size 12 at another.

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Numbers? Sizing? Ridiculous!

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However, this is some insightful knowledge for woman who feel pressured by western media and beauty standards.

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Despite what we see on our Instagram feeds, women come in all shapes and sizes!

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Diet culture would want us to believe otherwise, of course.

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The diet and exercise industry is a multi-BILLION dollar market.

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Celebrities like Jameela Jamil are fighting back against toxic diet products like skinny teas and laxative smoothies.

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Because health comes first, and there's nothing healthy about these weight-loss drinks.

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Still, the fashion industry seems blatantly unaware of this.

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Hopefully, more clothing companies will decide to expand their sizes. A lot of stores only carry up to size 12.

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Because shopping for clothes is hard enough as it is — not finding your size can be incredibly frustrating. 

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Many women have turn to online shopping to find clothes that fit properly.

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And while online shopping is great and convenient, it shouldn't be some women's only option.

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Nothing beats trying before buying!

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Some brands completely turned down the idea of expanding their clothing sizes — because that's a good marketing move, right?

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Lululemon, Victoria's Secret, and Abercrombie and Fitch all spoke out in the past against expanding their size range.

All three brands have since given into the pressure and expanded their size range.

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However, many brands have made amazing steps forward in the name of size inclusivity and body positivity.

Aerie is a great example of a brand that promotes self love with inclusive models and a no photo-retouching rule for all their ad campaigns.

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Pretty Little Thing is also a great online store with an awesome plus-size range and super trendy pieces.

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Because you don't have to be a size 2 to be fashionable, baby!

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Regardless of what body shape is trendy today, it's important to remember you are beautiful and worthy no matter what!

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Don't let anyone ever tell you differently!

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