French men standing taller than 35 years ago

2nd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 2, 2006 (AFP) - French men have grown by more than five centimeters in the last 35 years and French women by two centimetres, according to a study released Thursday by the clothing industry which wants to bring measurements on the high street up to date.

PARIS, Feb 2, 2006 (AFP) - French men have grown by more than five centimeters in the last 35 years and French women by two centimetres, according to a study released Thursday by the clothing industry which wants to bring measurements on the high street up to date.

The average Frenchman who was 1.701m (five foot seven inches) in 1970 is now 1.756, while the average woman is 1.625m compared to 1.604m. In weight men have grown from 72kg (159 pounds) to 77.4, and women from 60.6 to 62.4.

The figures were reached after more than 11,000 people aged between five and 70 were scanned in specially-constructed X-ray units to determine their shape and size.

The study should allow clothing manufacturers to re-calibrate their labels, and customers to be more certain of their normal fit. Similar tests in other EU countries will eventually permit new Europe-wide norms.

The findings will also be used by architects, manufacturers of beds and baths, and car designers.

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