Loose Women has been all over social media following a discussion of whether or not plus-size clothing should be aimed at overweight/obese teenagers. One of the participants in the show, Jamelia, gave her opinion which was:
I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes, BUT I do not think it's right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.
I don't believe stores should stock clothes below or above a certain weight. They should be made to feel uncomfortable when they go in and can't find a size.
I think it's fair to say that this has split many of us, including us PlayPennies ladies. After learning of the impact her comments had made on some people, Jamelia has since apologised for upsetting people and said this, when appearing on Good Morning Britain this morning:
But I do stand by what I said - I am a real women with real opinions. I’m not here to play some villain. It’s not that, I get paid to voice my opinion. Occasionally you offend people.
Whether she was wrong or right for what she said, it has most certainly brought this issue (or non-issue) to the table. I am a plus size and I am not ashamed of it. I fully understand that I am overweight but I do have a passion for shopping and fashion. Do I want to see plus sizes stripped from the High Street? NO! I am not a teenager though and one of the main reasons I lost eight stone before was because I got too big for most high street stores.
It's not a nice feeling walking into a store and seeing that they don't cater for your size. I can see why she said what she said. However, when you "penalise" people who are overweight by taking their right away to shop for clothes like everybody else, it's not going to make all us chubby folk reach for the Slim Fast. It could quite possibly make us reach for the tissues instead.
There really is no right or wrong answer to this and what about small sizes like a 2, 4 or 6? Do they encourage anorexia? Does accessibility to extreme plus sizes (or extreme small) really impact on our weight anyway?
It's easy to blame everything but the food. Some of us are guilty of eating too much, some eat the wrong things but most of us don't know what we are eating. Shouldn't we address a change in the processed contents of food, the false advertising/packaging and the lack of information of what exactly is in it?
I am a strong believer than attractiveness comes in many guises and is most certainly not based on size, however health is a very important factor, so for me I am torn on this.
Let us know what you think!