February 3, 2006

The French are getting taller and fatter

Study aims to help designers understand the sizes and shapes of clients

The average French woman today is just over 5 feet 3 inches tall and 137.6 pounds, compared to 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall and 133.6 pounds in 1970.

The average height of an American woman, for example, is 5 feet 4 inches, and the average weight is 164.3 pounds, according to a study released in 2004 by the National Center for Health Statistics.

--> I am taller than the average American woman! I always find these things interesting. Whenever I live abroad, I have a hard time finding certain things that fit, like shoes. I am a size 11 in American women and 43 in European sizes. That is really hard to find in Mexico!!

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