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Spain resizes clothes for women
Mannequins in a Spanish lingerie shop
Mannequins are likely to be made in more realistic sizes
Spain is to standardise its clothing sizes for women as part of a government drive to ease pressure on young girls over their body size.

Clothes currently on sale in Spain often vary in size from shop to shop, despite carrying the same size label.

Some fear the labels are confusing shoppers and that efforts to conform could be leading to eating disorders.

The move follows Spain's ban of ultra-thin models on the catwalk during Madrid fashion week last September.

Well done Spain! I do hope that this responsible attitude starts to make its way over here.
Karen Giles, UK

Spanish women often head into changing rooms with an armful of different sizes never knowing which one will fit this time or whether any will fit at all.

But by 2008 those days could be over. Spain's biggest fashion retailers have bowed to government pressure to standardi