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bobbyFcuzin
10-19-2008, 05:38 PM
i hear a lot of stories about the rising obesity in china, but it looks like they are nowhere near the level of the US

Alvanon Releases Most Extensive Chinese Body Measurement Study | Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS41774+12-Aug-2008+BW20080812)

Alvanon, the global size and fit expert, today announced it has
compiled the most extensive collection of body scan research in China.
Over 28,000 people were scanned in four key regions of the country at
various urban retail shopping centers. The scanners captured 45
measurements per person, resulting in the largest body measurement
study ever performed in China.

"There is an unprecedented retail opportunity in China. The right
product mix must be combined with the right size and fit to achieve a
successful brand following in China," said Janice Wang, CEO, Alvanon.
"Our China body measurement study, combined with the data we've
compiled in the rest of the world, uniquely enables us to provide
leading apparel brands with powerful insights about their target
consumers.

"As the global size and fit expert, Alvanon's industry-leading
solutions allow these brands to deliver better fitting garments,
increasing sales and building consumer loyalty to the brands," Wang
said.

Alvanon collected this highly relevant data from the world's
fastest growing retail market utilizing safe millimeter wave scanners
that accurately measure fully-clothed participating shoppers in
seconds. This new study adds to Alvanon's database of body
measurements, which now exceeds 250,000 men, women and children of
various age groups from over 14 countries in Europe, Asia and North
America.

Research Highlights

Even where the average height in China is similar to the Western
body stature, the core body shape in China is significantly smaller
and more homogenous than in the markets of the U.S. and Europe. As an
example, there is a difference in stature in both genders between
Chinese of northern origin and southern origin. Men have similar
average heights in China and the U.S. but have dramatically different
average chest and waist measurements, as well as differences in
average weight and body mass. Women in China have much narrower
variances in bust, waist and hip measurements than those in the U.S.
As a result, the U.S. market requires more than double the number of
clothes sizes to reach the same percentage of the population as
compared to China. One trend consistent with other Western countries
is that the younger generation in eastern China is growing taller and
heavier.

Through evaluation of its own data and other size studies, Alvanon
has also tracked stature changes from generation to generation and
important information on the difference of body shape and size
throughout the world. One of the most dramatic statistics from China
shows that over the span of a decade (1992-2002) the average height of
children (2-18 years old) increased by almost 1.5", nearly twice as
high as the increase among U.S. children. While adults in China, at
any given height, look quite different from adults in the West,
children's body shapes and sizes are converging at a very rapid rate.

Despite having a relatively small average stature when compared to
Westerners, over 30 percent of urban Chinese are considered
overweight. Age and gender analysis shows the highest increase in body
mass index has occurred in Chinese women aged 35-45.

Below are some interesting facts uncovered by the Alvanon study.

Fast Facts

-- Average Chinese Female Height 5'4"; Weight 125 Pounds; Chest
31"; Waist 28"; Low Hip 35"

-- Average U.S. Female Height 5'4"; Weight 155 Pounds; Chest 37";
Waist 34"; Low Hip 42"

-- Average Chinese Male Height 5'8"; Weight 145 Pounds; Chest
35"; Waist 31"; Low Hip 36"

-- Average U.S. Male Height 5'9"; Weight 191 Pounds; Chest 41;
Waist 37; Low Hip 41"

About Alvanon

Alvanon is the global size and fit expert, providing full-service,
integrated fit solutions for the apparel industry. With the largest
database of body scan research in the world, Alvanon combines
real-world industry expertise and innovative technology to offer a
holistic approach to fit and sizing, encompassing both strategic
insight as well as practical product development tools.

Dr. Kenneth Wang founded Alvanon in 2001 to address the industry's
prevalent size and fit misconceptions and to develop solutions that
would revolutionize the way the industry understood and leveraged the
concept of fit. Since that time, Alvanon has grown to become the
global leader in providing custom fit mannequins and solutions to the
world's leading brands. Alvanon's suite of products and services
integrate seamlessly with every stage of the product development and
production process, helping to increase internal and external process
efficiency and decrease overall time to market.

For more information, please visit Alvanon, the global size and fit expert (http://www.alvanon.com)

Coltrin & Associates for Alvanon
Ben Howington, 212-221-1616 x121
Ben_Howington@coltrin.com

Copyright Business Wire 2008

zLou
10-19-2008, 06:55 PM
-- Average U.S. Male Height 5'9"; Weight 191 Pounds; Chest 41;
Waist 37; Low Hip 41"[/B]



5-9 and 191 lbs ? That's f*cking obese !

zLou
10-19-2008, 06:57 PM
-- Average Chinese Male Height 5'8"; Weight 145 Pounds; Chest
35"; Waist 31"; Low Hip 36"



But at the same time, 5-8 and 145 is also kinda wussy.....

biker
10-19-2008, 07:04 PM
don't worry.. in time they will get heavier if they keep eating junk food and being sedentary like many people here.

sunny
10-19-2008, 07:41 PM
wow

QuarterLife
10-19-2008, 07:54 PM
wait

hold on, the avg american FEMALE is shorter, but HEAVIER than the avg Chinese guy?

AND have a wider waist and chest? WTF

Seoulo
10-19-2008, 09:27 PM
I have mixed feelings about these measurements. Yes, Americans are extremely overweight in general, but I think other things need to be taken into account besides just the number on the scale.

I took my cousin to the doctor and the doctor said she should lose about 15 pounds. I was stunned, and asked her why she said that. She said "According to this chart..." My cousin definitely does NOT need to lose 15 pounds. She is 15, 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds. However, she is an athlete and avid runner. Also, she is African-American and has a very nice and shapely figure. There isn't an ounce of fat on her. Even at 140 pounds, she is still a size 4 or small, and sometimes even an extra small. Really, a size 4 is too big in the waist, but she has an "apple bottom" so she has to get a size bigger. Anyway, I think body type has to be considered before a person is considered overweight.

I have Asian female friends and they are naturally small framed, so of course they weigh next to nothing. However, it is known that muscle weighs more than fat, so most athletes would technically be overweight or even obese. I hate those height and weight charts for this very reason. 20 pounds of muscle is NOT the same as 20 pounds of fat.

Shaharrah
10-19-2008, 09:28 PM
I have mixed feelings about these measurements. Yes, Americans are extremely overweight in general, but I think other things need to be taken into account besides just the number on the scale.

I took my cousin to the doctor and the doctor said she should lose about 15 pounds. I was stunned, and asked her why she said that. She said "According to this chart..." My cousin definitely does NOT need to lose 15 pounds. She is 15, 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds. However, she is an athlete and avid runner. Also, she is African-American and has a very nice and shapely figure. There isn't an ounce of fat on her. Even at 140 pounds, she is still a size 4 or small, and sometimes even an extra small. Really, a size 4 is too big in the waist, but she has an "apple bottom" so she has to get a size bigger. Anyway, I think body type has to be considered before a person is considered overweight.

I have Asian female friends and they are naturally small framed, so of course they weigh next to nothing. However, it is known that muscle weighs more than fat, so most athletes would technically be overweight or even obese. I hate those height and weight charts for this very reason. 20 pounds of muscle is NOT the same as 20 pounds of fat.

agreed completely. i don't think genetics or metabolism are being taken into account here personally.

bobbyFcuzin
10-20-2008, 08:24 AM
i would agree too about smaller/larger frames but if you look at the waist sizes, they are nothing close...that's pure fat

lovestruck7
10-20-2008, 08:29 AM
I think in general our country does have a tendency to shell them out bigger, but I don't always see that as a problem unless there are health risks involved.

Just because a person isn't stick like doesn't necessarily mean they are unhealthy although they should be careful.

I've never been to China so i can't really comment on that.

HuiNeng
10-20-2008, 09:13 AM
What really struck me is how little the height differences are.

funkymunky
10-20-2008, 10:04 AM
wait

hold on, the avg american FEMALE is shorter, but HEAVIER than the avg Chinese guy?

AND have a wider waist and chest? WTF

haha. yeh me and my friends made that observation about china when we were there 4-5 years ago. it seemed all the guys were skinny and a lot of the women were on more plumpish side.

yarkmu
10-20-2008, 10:22 AM
wait

hold on, the avg american FEMALE is shorter, but HEAVIER than the avg Chinese guy?

AND have a wider waist and chest? WTF

ROFL.

time to pop some 'roids.

Sha259
10-20-2008, 11:14 AM
I also notice that they say "average" person, but do not include an age range. That would more than likely change those results (ages 18-24, ages 25-35 and so on). That average could be lumping the teenie boppers and the grannys together, which isn't really accurate when gauging body size.

Maybe I should start buying my clothes in China, maybe then they will fit better since I match the weight and measurements of the average Chinese woman.:rolleyes:

JabbaWockeez
10-20-2008, 03:44 PM
Saw another article somewhere today, see if I can find it.