After reading through the comments on this post, it seems like the general consensus is that you have to go up two sizes at H&M. I agree that that is generally true, but I also find that I can wear some items in my normal size, making it extremely difficult for me to shop there. The bottom line is that although the sizes are not true to size, you can usually find some great pieces at H&M with a little extra effort.
This post also caused a bit of controversy, so I want to broach the topic head-on. It seems as if my message was entirely misconstrued; the name Shamu was not intended to offend anyone—quite the opposite actually. I was poking fun at myself while attempting to convey a powerful message.
On my blog, I strive to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle. Women of all sizes are beautiful, but there is a difference between being a size 10 and being healthy and being a size 10 and being unhealthy. With that being said, a number on an itchy tag alone cannot determine one’s health. As the reader pointed out, you can be a larger size but still be skinny. I completely agree; everyone person’s body type is different, so size does not matter.
What does matter is whether or not someone is healthy. There are several factors that play a role in determining one’s level of health, which is why weight, body mass index, body composition, and physical endurance are all taken into account. Just because someone is thin and looks healthy, does not mean that that person necessarily is healthy. You can be skinny but also be at risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. Maybe you don’t gain weight from eating processed foods on a consistent basis, but does that mean that you won’t develop any diseases? In opposition, it cannot be assumed that someone with a higher body mass index is overweight. A professional athlete is bound to have a higher weight and thus a higher BMI than a non-athlete, but he or she is obviously in top shape.
Going back to H&M, my reason behind commenting on their sizing scale is that I think it has a negative impact on women. Most women fixate on the size of a dress or on the number on a scale. My point is that those numbers shouldn’t have an effect on us; I exercise on a regular basis, eat fresh foods as much as possible, and am at a healthy weight for my height, so I shouldn’t be disheartened when I have to buy a size 8 dress.
Though I am not an expert, I have researched this particular subject a significant amount. I am very passionate about health and nutrition, and all of these opinions are my own. I’ll stop here to avoid completely boring everyone, but I just had to express my thoughts. I am deeply sorry if I offended anyone in any sort of way; that is never my objective. I aim to have an upbeat and positive blog, and most of what I say is meant to be humorous.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so please feel free to weigh in (no pun intended).
I’m working on a regular post, but I might fall asleep before it’s finished—it’s another long-winded one!