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Friday, April 10, 2009

Big Foot in Birmingham ?

British men's feet are growing bigger according to a new survey. It seems the average man's shoe size has gone up a size in the last five years. In 2004 the average man's shoe was a UK size eight but now it is size nine and demand for size 12 shoes have soared, retailers say. Thirty years ago the standard sixze was size seven and 12 was the end of the range. Being better fed means the human frame is generally getting broader and taller and this may explain the phenomenon. Research has shown eating high-density foods such as pizza and processed foods during puberty can stimulate the growth hormone. This not only makes their waist larger, but also other parts of the body including the hands and feet. Some experts are concerned the rise in size may have something to do with the obesity epidemic many Western Countries are facing. In the UK more than 30 per cent of school pupils are now classed as overweight, including 17%, 900,000 classed as obese. Results from the survey have cause giant retailers, Debenhams to rethink their stock policy. The results confirmed the biggest feet could be found in Birmingham with Liverpool, Belfast, Cardiff and London close behind and hence Debenhams will now include size 13 and possibly 14 as standard fitting across all of our ranges. The increase in the human frame is reflected globally and most authorities agree it is to do with being better fed. However anthropometric studies have been prone to bais in the past with sample populations taken from low economic urban dwellers. This has included many malnourished individials and immigrant populations not representative of indigenous groups. Better surveying techniques may suggest aparent changes in physical features which were already there but went unseen.

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