Studies have shown that clothing sizes can have a direct impact on a person’s image and self esteem. “Smaller sizes were found to have a positive effect on body image, particularly for younger women,” Tammy R. Kinley, an associate professor at the University of North Texas, has written.
Now, a post that has gone viral on Facebook seems to substantiate this claim.
It was when Benjamin Ashton Cooper from the United States was helping his girlfriend clean her wardrobe that he realised the reason many women feel their body size is large is because clothes’ sizes are getting smaller. And that’s one of the reasons that affect many women’s psychologically.
Benjamin took to Facebook to share the message. He tried his girlfriend’s discarded XL-sized clothes which fit him just right and going by his pictures, he actually looks thin.
“So I’m helping my girlfriend clean out her closet (literally, shut up), and I noticed that a lot of what she was getting rid of was of the XL size. That didn’t look right to me, and here’s why: They fit me. I don’t say that to be silly or ironic,” he writes.
Benjamin writes “a woman my size is NOT an extra large woman.” In his post, he rightly points out that this is the reason “why we have 8 year olds with eating disorders…”
His post has garnered massive support on social media with over 200,000 shares.
“I am one of those who has negative feelings about wearing XL size. I look in the mirror or at myself in general and don’t think I’m that big of a woman. But then I go to stores and the only things I fit in are XL sometimes bigger, and that does make me feel a little bad about myself and think “am I really that big?”…. This post really put things into perspective for me. Thank you!” responded one to those who commented.