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Obesity, Recession Take Bite out of Fashion Dollar

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But find a size 14 dress from the 1960s when MM would have worn it--next to the floral print shifts and sheaths in the thrift store--and just try to slither into it. Without the 1960s girdle that is.

Remember, Monroe's French contemporary Brigitte Bardot, had a 19 inch waist--the circumference of many women's upper thigh today--and the inch certainly hasn't inflated.

Nor are men off the hook.

Look at the vintage three-piece Saturday Night Fever disco suits that men wore before they had Big Mac bodies in thrift stores. They buttoned the vests.

And, speaking of Bardot, many have tried to explain the French dietary paradox of how a high saturated fat diet produces low coronary heart disease.

What about the American paradox? Despite low calorie foods, celebrity diets, fitness centers on every corner, personal trainers and general ab consciousness, people are fatter than ever?

Or as a fashion designer ruefully put it, "That's not dressing, that's upholstering."

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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