I've been looking for the average width (at widest point) of the average American male body but couldn't find it anywhere so far.

When I say "widest point", I mean that if you draw a rectangle (that gives X for width and Y for height) around the whole body, all of it should fit inside the rectangle, whether the shoulders are wider than the hips or vice-versa. I'm looking for the average value of X (arms against body).

If the hips are the widest point inside the rectangle, the width should contain the width of the hands that are against them.

body width

Do you have (or know where I can find) that information?

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    $\begingroup$ I am so wondering now whether in the USA the average widest point would be the shoulder or the belly. Did you mean the point for which the average is the widest or the average widest point (consider the the widest point might be should for one person, belly for another and butt for yet another person)? $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Nov 5 '18 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ why exactly are you asking that? What will you do with that information? If you explain a bit about your real problem, maybe we can help with it. Right now it looks like XY problem xyproblem.info For example, for health studies people use waist circumference. Caskets come in 28 inch wide or 31 inch wide options (quick google) $\endgroup$ Nov 5 '18 at 21:44
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    $\begingroup$ hi. thanks for clarification. You might get some answers, but i urge you to describe your problem fully, not just request for X. $\endgroup$ Nov 6 '18 at 6:23
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    $\begingroup$ I think it's a perfectly valid question, but highly doubt that anyone has an empirical answer because the information indeed isn't biologically relevant (and hence nobody has it). I could imagine it being interesting for game or furniture design, or architecture. As @aaaaaa said, it does sound like an XY problem and you should probably go back to the X and figure out which Stack Exchange site can provide you with information that might solve your problem. $\endgroup$
    – Armatus
    Nov 6 '18 at 12:12
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    $\begingroup$ @maasha theytaz: I don't think an average is going to be all that useful, because there are distinct body types (mesomorph, ectomorph, &c). Add on the effect of either obesity or weight training, and it seems like few people would actually be close to the average. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Nov 6 '18 at 17:23

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