Letter: Clothes maketh the age obsessed physician

Dear Editor

Your editorial 'Obesity map will aid outsize tailors ' (GP, 13 January) made interesting reading. Your statement that 'all the quality framework will do is provide an accurate prevalence map of obesity' has prompted me to record a new syndrome I am suffering from.

Fifteen years ago when I shopped in the chain stores, I bought jackets and shirts marked for boys aged 18 years and they fitted fine. Over the past 15 years my weight has not fluctuated by more than 2kg and my waist measurement has not changed by more than an inch.

I still shop in the same chain stores but find the clothes for 18-year olds large. So I buy those marked for 12-year olds. I am worried that in the next five or 10 years I might be buying shirts and jackets designed for preschool children.

I am not sure whether I am suffering from an illusion or a delusion of age regression syndrome, but this syndrome makes the sufferer happier because they regress in age.

Dr Anand Deshpande, Westhoughton, Lancashire.

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