It has not escaped my attention that, despite my staying approximately the same size and shape since high school, the clothes in my closet have dropped a couple of number sizes over the years. has a piece up confirming what I'd always assumed--clothing manufacturers are increasingly engaged in size deflation to make folks feel better about their weight--and looking at the broader trends in body-image perceptions.

Unsettling takeaway for gals in particular (whose clothing sizes aren't based on waistline inches the way men's pants are): If you still wear the same size pants you wore a decade ago, it's likely you have actually gotten fatter.

--Michelle Cottle