From July 1, 2007 to October 31, 2008, measurements of 13,362 men, women and children ranging from 6 to 87 yearsof age were collected in Germany under the German representative size survey, “SizeGERMANY”.

The SizeGERMANY is a joint project of the Hohenstein Institute, an international textile research centre in Boennigheim, and Human Solutions GmbH, a manufacturer of body scanning equipment. Such a survey was last conducted in Germany in 1994. A shift towards larger clothing sizes has taken place and some retail companies are currently examining the results of the representative size survey.

Both men and women have gone physically bigger since 1994 according to the 2009 SizeGERMANY project.

Average men:

  • Height: increase of around 3.2 cm
  • Chest: increase of 7.3 cm
  • Waist: increase of 4.4 cm
  • Hips: increase of 3.6 cm
  • Average women:

  • Height: increase of around 1.0 cm
  • Chest: increase of 2.3 cm
  • Waist: increase of 4.1 cm
  • Hips: increase of 1.8 cm

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