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Mexican anthropometric survey to help garment makers
Feb '12
The recently released findings of Mexico's first national anthropometric survey are expected to help garment manufacturers design clothes that better fit Mexicans.

The study was conducted with the support of the Ministry of Economy and Health to find out how tall is Mexico and to help easily detect long enduring diseases like hypertension, obesity and diabetes. However, the findings of the study are also likely to benefit several other sectors including garments.

The study costing around US$ 2 million yielded information regarding morphology of different socioeconomic population groups of Mexico. Over a period of 18 months, the study collected database of 17,364 people aged between 18 to 66 years in 13 cities.

The database, which had 51 percent women, showed that on average Mexican women were 160 cm tall, tend to be overweight by 6 kg and are wide at hips. In comparison, Mexican men measured 172 cm in height, are overweight by 8 kg and tend to accumulate fat around waist.

The survey reveals that average weight of Mexican women between 18 to 25 years of age was 62.90 kg, while those between 40 and 50 years of age weighed around 72.15 kg.

The information revealed by the report will help garment industry to reduce up to 20 percent of their production cost as they would be able to make garments appropriate to body physique of Mexicans. This will enable garment manufacturers to make the optimum use of fabric and other materials.

The survey is also expected to provide garment manufacturers a new market in Mexico by launching clothing range made to Mexican measures. For example, the elderly women need plus-size clothing or men's apparels need special attention to the waist.

Around 200 outlets, affiliated to the National Association of Supermarkets and Department Stores, have already expressed their interest in selling products of a label that makes garments appropriate to Mexican body measures.

The anthropometic survey done in Mexico is the first in Latin America and only fourth such study in the world. The report has potential to position Mexico among the list of few countries that make clothes to fit its populace.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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