New research has revealed that one in four British women are now a size 18 or above.
More than 6.2 million women are now 'plus' sizes which has contributed to the 'average' dress size in the UK increasing to a 16.
Only a few years ago size 12 was the average for women but today a mere 31 per cent of the British female population can fit into this size.
This influx of larger ladies has led to high demand for extra large clothing, which has doubled in the last five years. And it’s not only women that require bigger sizes, larger menswear is also on the increase with a third wearing XL clothes.
But the main concern raised amongst those that took part in the research, was the lack of fashionable plus-size clothing available for XL male and females.
With 10.1 million fashion conscious women in the UK, which equates to nearly 40 per cent of the female population, wearing clothes sized 16 and above those carrying extra weight find it hard to get clothes that fit them properly.
For those who are unhappy with their weight, The Hospital Group offers consultations with expert bariatric surgeons who can offer professional advice and guidance tailored to individuals needs.
The Hospital Group is the UK’s biggest provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons which can give you a healthier lifestyle.
David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: “Not being able to fit into clothes properly can really knock somebody’s confidence and cause them to become depressed and in many cases have low self-esteem.
“It can be really hard for people who’ve battled with their weight for most of their life when they can’t make themselves feel and look good, but weight loss surgery can really help people to regain their confidence.
“At The Hospital Group our consultants are on hand to offer professional advice on combating obesity and ensure that the patient understands weight loss surgery isn’t a quick fix and they would need to work with their choice of treatment to maintain a more manageable and healthier weight.”