Generation XL refers to the overweight members of the mini-generation born between 1987 and 1992.


Generation XL stands in oversized contrast to the muscular physiques of Generation X, born between 1967-1976.  Douglas Copeland’s GEN X: TALES FOR AN ACCELERATED CULTURE made ‘Generation X’ a popular term to describe the post-Baby Boom mini-generation born between 1967 and 1976.

Generation XL is born between 1987 and 1992 and is now crowding  the youngest members of Generation Y,  born between 1977 and 1986 out of the adult beverage market.

Generation XL has decisively rejected the slender physiques of The Tail of the Baby Boom, born from 1957 to 1962, the aerobically charged energy of the Sandwich generation, born from 1963 to 1966; and the pumped up muscles of Generation X.

Generation XL embraces  the growth of the hospitality industry pioneered by The Tail of the Baby Boom.   The availability of formerly exotic items such as Pad Thai, arugula lettuce and shriracha made everyday life support eating into an international adventure to be savored as often and abundantly as possible.

Additionally, the revolution in consumer electronics has spawned a mass of kids whose sport is MADDEN EA rather than football. 

Texting has replaced visiting

Furthermore, Generation XL grew up in an era of single Moms and working Moms whose economic situations fed the growth of HRM’s/Home Replacement Meals.

by Biing-Hwan, Joanne Guthrie and James Blaylock details the transformation of childhood eating pattern in the 2012 study THE DIETS OF AMERICA’S CHILDREN: INFLUENCES OF DINIING OUT, HOUSEHOLD CHACTERISTICS AND NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE.


The confluence of impoverished single Mom headed families and 2-income middle class or better families has created millions of children for whom Mom cooking dinner is Nickelodeon programming.

Fashion has followed suit in producing apparel for Generation XL.

Hip-hop’s oversized styles, the trend among men to not tuck in their shirts and the acceptability of cleavage in women’s work apparel have both created and been created by Generation XL.


On a more sensual note full body hugs among Generation XL have made a well-padded body all the more desirable.

As an participant, worker and observer of dance club culture the transformation of svelte to swollen is discombobulating to your author.  Using Generation XL in a conversation:

“Your  club’s dance floor isn’t as big as it was before the renovation.  Generation XL is too fat to dance.”

“Generation XL is full of BBW’s.”  (Big Beautiful Women)


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