Most of us have heard of economic inflation, grade inflation, and other such bubbles. Here is one that is perhaps new to folks: waist inflation. This is the phenomenon where the a size, such as 38 inches men’s waist size, will actually fit someone much larger, say 41-42 inches. As I am now in slimming mode, I’ve found that my 40″ Hanes stretchy trousers are too lose at 40.5 inches, yet they still fit when my waist was 44″. Thus, I could easily deceive myself that I was only a size 40 when I was really 44. Deception is the name of the game when it comes to phoney markets and economies.
A couple times now, men have told me: “I’m a 38″, when in fact they were manifestly fatter than me when I was at 42″+. In their cases, they were wearing Levis. Denim is a fabric that shrinks upon washing and drying and stretches to size in the first few minutes of wearing. Thus, these men convinced themselves that they had 38″ waists. Levis, size 38″, fit nicely when one is 41″.
The manufacturers of these products, particularly Hanes, know what they are doing. They know that if someone thinks he’s a 36, and tries on a 36 and it’s too snug, he will reject that particular label for a one with a size 36 that fits him better. So they make trousers about one size too big, just to appeal to the vanity and lack of realism on the part of the consumer. And they also created trousers with stretchy waistbands just so that a man may maintain his pants size while allowing his belly to go to pot.
The result of this waist inflation is too often adverse health related to obesity. A man who can claim to be a waist that is as much as four inches smaller than his real size deceives himself and may delay necessary lifestyle adjustments. In my case, the lifestyle adjustments came as result not of acknowledging realistically my girth but of finally understanding that many of my adverse symptoms were related to high blood sugar: peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, and chronic levels of fatigue after eating.
Many of our serious problems in Western culture require a denial of reality. Our debt-based money system makes us think, for example, that we can continue to borrow and never pay back. But illnesses will set in, killing the organism, if lifestyle changes don’t occur. The pathologies related to waist inflation, thus, are analogous to the sickness of the debt-based economy in which we live. We deny the disease which is ultimately killing us.