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Two observations:

0. Apparently children's clothing manufacturers have "adjusted" sizes again. I'm reasonably sure I'm not shrinking, yet a girls' 16 seems to be at least a full size larger than it was a year ago. So far this has tripped me up buying underwear and yoga pants. I'd like to make an offering to the fashion gods to help me find yoga pants that fit me like the pair I bought last year.

1. gamahucheur posted a link to an article last week discussing a link between the ApoE-4 gene and herpes simplex 1, which are respectively a key risk factor for Alzheimer's and the virus that causes cold sores around the mouth. vogonpoet took a keen interest in it and has been bringing it up as more bits pop up in his memory about both subjects.

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I've got a busy week with school and Scouts this week, so I may be slow on replies but I will get to you.

Trish, I'll e-mail you menus to choose from in the next day or two. I finally got them typed up over the weekend!

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redqueenofevil
Jan. 8th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I've been reading about how they've been changing adult sizes too. It's because a lot of us are too big, I guess.

The article about alzheimers vs HSV1 is disturbing. Looks like maybe they should try to find a cure for HSV, if it has that big of an impact.
oddharmonic
Jan. 10th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
I am reasonably sure that sizes skew every few years because my ready-to-wear 1950s vintage clothing is mostly size 4 with the same bust/waist/hip measurements as a modern size 0 dress I tried on a few weeks ago.

I'm sure a lot of people would cheer a cure for HSV! There is a vaccine in late clinical trials, but it hasn't shown any results for people who already have HSV. If you want to look it up, it's called HerpeVac and made by GlaxoSmithKline.
blythewater
Jan. 8th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that some adult sizes have gone up too. I guess the manufactureres are keeping up with the Fattening of America....
polyhymnia
Jan. 8th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
The size-upping thing is definitely happening for adult sizes too, and it's driving me nuts. I tried on a pair of size 2 pants this weekend, and they essentially fit (though being me I would have gone baggier and bought the 4 if either had fit in length). Which is utterly wrong, because at the age of 11, weighing less than I do now, I was a size 6.

I also ordered a size medium coat from a catalog, and it was so huge I could wear my thickest winter jacket under it with room to spare. And I am a medium! I'm average height with broad shoulders and a bust. If I wear a small, what do small, thin people wear?

Oy.
oddharmonic
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
If I wear a small, what do small, thin people wear?

Extra-small and children's sizes.
polyhymnia
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Exactly, which is ridiculous. They should make a full range of sizes for adults in adult sizes, and stop with this nonsense that everyone is any particular size, be that size large or small.

And they should stop assuming that all guys have a waist within two inches smaller than their inseam size, too.
phoena
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
This is why I wear men's clothes. People probably think I'm a lesbian, but at least clothes shopping isn't a nightmare.
oddharmonic
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Most of the jeans I own are men's jeans for the same reason, though I have a couple pairs of those low-rise boot-cut jeans that I wear for socializing with other adults.

My wardrobe can be categorized as children's and juniors' department sale finds, sprinkled with interesting second-hand and vintage finds.

Today I am wearing a pair of low-rise jeans that someone left at devilmuse's place and didn't fit anyone there, a boys' long-sleeve top and Crocs. Darn Colorado things keep following me home.
gamahucheur
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Much of men's clothing is sized in terms of inches. Setting aside a few brands such as Dockers, my problem is not that the sizes are misleading but that my size simply becomes harder to find.

I see enough guys who are my size, that I wonder to what extent the profit motive is being thwarted by the desire of FAT GUYS to normalize their condition.
oddharmonic
Jan. 9th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
I fall in a size gap between children's and ladies' pants sizes that was neatly solved by purchasing 26W 30L jeans. Now those have become hard to find so I've had to move to juniors' jeans, which are available primarily in a low-rise waist I'm not very fond of.

More and more Vogon and I find our sizes are being relegated to the children's department, so he buys higher-end clothes actually made in his size and I use my array of skills to scavenge, tailor and otherwise make off-the-rack finds fit me. Fifty years ago I would have been a size 4; now, I'm a modern size 0 in off-the-rack clothing. Grah.
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