Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Size-ism?

I am filling out a registration form for a volunteer activity that requires me to select a size for the obligatory free T-shirt. As my eyes scan the choices, I am getting a quick reminder of the obesity problem with which Americans are struggling.

MAY WE HAVE YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE?
__ LARGE (OR SMALLER)
__ X-TRA LARGE
__ XX-TRA LARGE
__ XXX-TRA LARGE

Let's see... if I had to pick... I would probably go for somewhere between extra-small to medium. This is not because I follow a strict diet, a regular workout regime, or even have a significantly fast metabolism. I don't know why I'm so petite, but I do know that I am sick of receiving free t-shirts that hang like muumuus on me. I would really rather receive nothing at all than be forced to wear something that makes me feel ridiculous and childlike.

Clearly, larger sizes are being very well accommodated. Now what about the rest of us?