To think size 12 is not "heavy"

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CruCru Fri 30-Aug-13 18:51:24

I keep seeing comments on here from people who are size 10/12 who think they are heavy. I would never think this is even remotely heavy, just a healthy slim size.

I agree, loves. We're not talking about weight, we're talking about a clothes size. A 5ft size 12 and a 6ft size 12 would be rather different weights.

MrsDeVere Fri 30-Aug-13 19:09:12

Is that how sizing works? confused

I thought if you were tall and 9st you would be a 8-10 but if you were short and weighed that amount you would be in a bigger size.

Am I being thick? <don't answer that>

CruCru Fri 30-Aug-13 19:09:29

I am waaaay over a size 12 (very pregnant but also overweight). However I know that I am too heavy.

Perhaps my perceptions are out. I remember being a 12 and people kept saying I was too thin. I am 1.65m and quite muscular.

UseHerName Fri 30-Aug-13 19:09:36

when i say feel it, like my arse is knocking stuff over and i can feel my new love handles hitting off stuff and bulging!


I agree that it depends on height.

I am 5'6 and a size 10/12. I weigh 9st 10lbs, which I think is roughly a BMI of 22, so not overweight. I would like to be more toned (and am working on it) but I'm quite happy with my weight.

WhoNickedMyName Fri 30-Aug-13 19:10:35

I'd be fat as a size 12 because I'm short with a petite build. I start looking chubby at a size 10.

IfYouLoveSomebodyLetThemSleep Fri 30-Aug-13 19:10:43

I feel a bit heavy at size 12, but sadly it seems to be my natural size. I'm 5ft 3 so does make me look a bit dumpy!

I wouldn't look remotely slim if I was a size 12.
I'm 5'2, and don't carry weight well.

Bowlersarm Fri 30-Aug-13 19:11:59

I am a size 12 and i would say I was heavy. Just over 10 and a half stone. Maybe it's the shape of someone rather than their weight that determines clothes size.

I'm a 10/12 and 5'2. I weigh around 9'6 usually. I'm slim built (narrow shoulders, skinny wrists and ankles, slim legs), so don't look or feel especially 'heavy' but I'm a stone heavier than I was when I had dd2 16 years ago and my boobs make me feel much bigger than I actually am.

thenightsky Fri 30-Aug-13 19:12:40

I'm 5ft 9in and a 12. I feel on the heavy side and feel much better at a 10.

A lot depends on build, posture etc. I'm a sloucher which makes me look wider I think.

goodasitgets Fri 30-Aug-13 19:13:23

Well it depends.
Two people both size 12 and same weight. One eats lots of junk and doesn't exercise and is unfit. One eats healthily and exercises a lot
You can't tell anything from a dress size or weight except for the dress size or weight, it's a number

SaucyJack Fri 30-Aug-13 19:14:03

I'm five foot and a size twelve, and slim and healthy.......... and fifteen weeks pregnant with number three.

frick me, I wish I was a fat size 12... (finally about to get the time to go to the gym once youngest starts playgroup next week, maybe I'll end up an obese 14 instead of a post cs 18)

NoComet Fri 30-Aug-13 19:17:09

No adult woman over 5' can be a healthy size 6 surely?

My exactly average sized 12y is a size 6, my tiny aunt and her tiny DD are probably size 6-8, but they are my DD2's hight too. They are totally in proportion and both incredibly pretty. Even at 64 my aunt looked stunning in her mother of the bride outfit.

I'm only 5'4" and well over weight at size 16, but I have big hips and would look daft any skinnier than my size 12 wedding dress.

DD1(15) is 5'6-7", she's a curvy 12, she could be a 10 and look nice, but no slimmer, she has my hips too.

SHarri13 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:17:46

I'm with mrsDevere, confused. Surely all size 8 are the same in width etc so your height wouldn't matter? Unless you bought from a petite range.

rockybalboa Fri 30-Aug-13 19:18:12

Depends how tall you are. I'm a 12/14 but I'm only 5ft 3 so I'm a fatty.

beals692 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:18:36

Thinking back I've always worn size 12 clothes, no matter what my weight. I wore size 12 when I was 7-stone 18-year-old - I think the fashion was for baggy clothes. smile

Nowadays, on the rare occasions I go shopping, I have to take both a 10 and 12 into the cubicle because I never know whether it's going to be a genuine 12 or a vanity 12.

UseHerName Fri 30-Aug-13 19:19:08

ok, so i'm 5ft nothing and between 9 stone 3 and 9 stone 7 depending on the menstrual cycle and amount of wine consumed that weekend wink

lottieandmia Fri 30-Aug-13 19:20:14

Whatever anyone says, imo the entertainment industry does affect the way people feel about their weight and never more so than today. In the 90s, if you look at music videos and films, women were nowhere near as thin as is the case in music videos and films today.

Beals - me too. I suspect part of that is to do with my frame (ie my natural size minus any padding!) and part of it is to do with sizing getting bigger. I refuse to think I'm overweight at a 12 though, whatever some people on here seem to think!

hettienne Fri 30-Aug-13 19:21:54

Lyra - yes, but a 5ft size 12 might be 10 stone and overweight, a 5'9" size 12 might be 12 stone and a healthy weight.

BabyStone Fri 30-Aug-13 19:23:59

5foot here, my clothes range from an 8-12 and I weigh 8 1/2 stone. BMI is 22 i think. I wouldn't consider myself fat or 'heavy'. (small frame, chunky thighs)

Marilyn in jeans
KK in jeans

How perceptions of female bodies have changed over time is shown well in these two pictures, I think.

UseHerName Fri 30-Aug-13 19:25:38

that is definitely the case lottie

90's group All Saints were a great example of this - slim, but 90's slim, not today's slim

equally my mother, born late fifties, teenager in seventies had the likes of Farah Fawcett and Suzi Quatro as beauty-ideals

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