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Your Pants May Say 28, but Your Waist Says 44

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Over the past 10 years, obesity in this country has become recognized as a national health threat and serious public health dilemma.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007-2008, 72.5 million adults were obese. These Americans are at increased risk for many serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

In response to our collective expanding waist-line, retailers around the country have taken action: they’re selling pants that make us feel thinner. (HT: Carpe Diem)

According to a recent report in Esquire magazine, many of America's biggest retailers are lying to consumers about waist sizes in order to make them feel thinner and more likely to buy their clothes.

The worst offenders?

Esquire found a pair of Old Navy pants labeled as a 36 inch waist that were in fact 41 inches wide. A pair of 36 inch Dockers clocked in at 39.5 and Haggar and Gap were both selling 39 inch pants as 36.

So skip the gym and pop the beers: in America, you’re only fat if your pants feel tight.
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