You keep hearing that America is getting fatter, but now I have proof. I can't buy pants.

I'm probably gained some weight since I was in college, but I still have the same basic dimensions (tall and thin). I've noticed that any trip to buy new pants is incredibly frustrating -- very few are in my size. Last night, I visited several stores, and didn't see a single pair that would fit.

And it's not just brick & mortar stores. I've occasionally looked on Amazon, and almost everything I look at simply doesn't come in my size, despite the fact that they don't have the same inventory concerns as a store at the mall.

I don't remember any real problems 10 years ago -- it's not like I had to go to a special store for really tall people (like some people I've known). So I have to conclude that the bell curve has moved away from me. 

Posted: Sat - December 13, 2003 at 10:25 AM