Pinched by price, put off by styles: Plus-size women wear men's clothes

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Pinched by price, put off by styles: Plus-size women wear men's clothes 

A lack of "size diversity" in the fashion industry is not a new issue for many American women, but its prominence is. When Project Runway personality Tim Gunn labeled as a "disgrace" fashion designers' refusal to make clothes that fit most women, he backed up his blunt talk by citing an important source: a new study from Washington State University. Researchers there found that plus-size women are forced to cross-dress to work out. To find out more about why large women can't find activewear in their sizes, and why many instead resort to menswear and/or cease to be active, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board interviewed Nicole O'Donnell of WSU's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and co-author of the study.

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