Dear Ann Landers: I got a kick out of the reader who thought the "W" in women's sizes meant "Wide Butt." My letter is for every designer of women's clothing in the Western Hemisphere. I pray they will see it and pay attention.
I am 30 years old, wear size 18-20, and I have a question. Why don't designers realize that fat women have fat arms, too? When I find something I like, the sleeves are too short and too tight. The majority of the selections in my size are loud prints, as if people won't see me coming, anyway.
Thanks for letting me air my gripe in your column, Ann. Maybe someone will see it and make some changes.
-- Unfit in Kansas
Dear Kansas: You have raised some valid questions, and I, too, hope the designers and dress manufacturers will pay attention. Keep reading:
Dear Ann: A reader recently complained about the markings on plus-size clothing. My complaint is the location of the plus-size departments. Over half of all women in North America wear size 14 and up, but the stores find the furthest point available to display these garments. The size 2s are always by the door, and hit you in the eye when you enter. When a large woman sees how small they are, she becomes depressed.
I am 5 feet 10, and need plus sizes to accommodate my height. I refuse to hide in the corners when I shop, so now, I buy clothes through catalogs that make us Big Mamas feel attractive. Don't print my name, Ann, just sign me
-- Big Mama from Chicago
Dear Big Mama: Although I'm a Little Mama, I'm with you. Here's your letter. I hope somebody listens.
A craving for chocolate
Dear Ann Landers: You once confessed in print that you are an incurable chocoholic. Since I am, too, I thought you might enjoy this essay. Someone sent it to me by e-mail. I don't know who wrote it. If you think it's funny, print it.
-- A Boston Babe
Dear Babe: I do indeed. Here it is:
All About Chocolate
If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It will take the edge off your appetite, and you will eat less.
If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, it may be a sign of a deeper problem.
Store your chocolate on top of the refrigerator. Calories are afraid of heights, and will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
Equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate make a balanced diet.
The preservatives in chocolate will make you look younger.
If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control-top pantyhose, and an entire garment industry would be out of business.
A nice box of chocolate provides your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?
Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you will get one thing done.
Question: Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? Answer: Because no one wants to quit.
Problem: How do you get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car? Solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Problems? Dump on Ann. Write her at The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.