Just saw a post by neuro which inspired this thread
Judging your body/weight/health/happiness by clothing size is a bad idea. I am not saying anyone on this forum is doing this but I just want to raise the issue. Neuro mentioned a tall broad friend who was a size 16 I think but with everything in good proportion.
It is all about proportionality.
If you have wide shoulders and hips/arse you are much better off if your limbs match. Nothing worse than a nice behind with two skinny legs with the knee being the widest point. *Shudder*
So I suppose what I am trying to say is, if you are a size 16-18 and in proportion be happy as this is much much better than being a size 10-12 with an awkward shape.
Clothing size means nothing, obviously trashy mags and the media throw about figures but these are the same magazines/media which print awful pictures of overweight stars and then slag them if they lose weight, usually saying how they are on a dangerous crazy diet. What kind of a mixed message is that?
Dropping dress sizes should not be your goal. Lowering your bodyfat % to a normal level or putting some muscle on your thighs/arms/where-ever to suit your frame are much more positive and measurable goals.
Bit of a rant on clothing sizes I know but I hate them being used as a reference for body shape.