Popstar Jamelia Says That High-street Shops Should Not Cater For Fat Girls

When it comes to women the topic about weight is always a sensitive one, so when the panel of Loose Women decided to discuss whether or not high street stores should stock clothes for young “fat” girls who are size 20 and above, there was bound to be some public outrage.


Can ‘Big’ Girls Ever Be Trendy? That was the big question on yesterdays (April 21) daily dose of Loose Women. High-street shops are now looking to tap into the market of plus-size women and provide fashionable clothes that cater for larger sizes. But, the panel asks, are they simply encouraging girls to be overweight?

Whilst everyone had their say, it was the popstar Jamelia who sparked the most outraged amongst viewers.

The singer said on the programme “I am all for celebrating people as they are, I think everyone has the right to be comfortable in their own skin and I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes, BUT I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle. In the same way, I don’t believe that a size zero should be available; it’s not a healthy size for an average woman to be. In high street stores you’re catering for the average woman, there’s a healthy range and I don’t believe they should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range. I’m not saying that nowhere should, I believe that yes have specialised shops but I do think that you should feel uncomfortable if you are unhealthy”


Jamelia’s comments quickly caused a backlash from Loose Women viewers, who took to Twitter to express their views on the singers comments.

We want to know what you think about Jamelia’s comments on plus-size women and on the discussing regarding high-street shops stocking clothes for larger girls. Do you think ‘big’ girls can ever be trendy? Do you think that stocking larger sizes on the high street will encourage obesity? Let us know.

If you missed the Loose Women discussion, watch it below.



4 thoughts on “Popstar Jamelia Says That High-street Shops Should Not Cater For Fat Girls

  1. I actually thought that this was a very balanced argument. Yes Jamilia was perhaps a bit insensitive in how she phrased her point, but she does have a point about encouraging girls to be healthy. We seem to becoming a nation of extremes, either advocating being skinny or overweight, which neither are healthy.

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    1. I’ve only just seen this comment. I do think we need to encourage young girls to be more healthy but I personally don’t think that clothes or fashion encourages an unhealthy lifestyle. I would love for high-street shops to stock clothes for plus-size women because I feel it will lead to more young girls being confident in themselves regardless of their size. There’s nothing worse than trying something on in the changing rooms only to find that nothing fits – we’ve all been there whether we are a healthy size 10 or unhealthy 22; it’s simply depressing and a blow to our self-esteem. What they need to do is talk to these plus-size women about the underlying issues that lead to their weight gain and find out what steps can be taken to help fix the growing problem, rather than take advice from skinny people who have never been severely overweight or experienced the physical and mental challenges that come with obesity.

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      1. I have been the other end of the scale, a recovering too skinny bird, where I have been too small for shops. I can’t say that influenced me to me put weight on, it was getting so unwell I ended up in hospital.
        I agree with getting to the bottom of an individuals underlying issues as from the experience I had it was nothing to do with appearance but self control.
        Thinking about it, advice from non underweight people telling me I needed to eat didn’t help, they just didn’t understand the reason for it. It’s probably the same as with someone that comfort eats, it’s very easy to tell them don’t eat, but if it’s a mental related issue then that is what actually needs looking into.
        With regards to saying it was a balanced argument I meant whole panel, not Jamilia, she is is very set in her opinions. The others seem less fattist, and more accepting of what’s different to themselves.

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      2. Wow, it’s great to hear an opinion from someone on the other end of the scale, especially as I find that this is often ignored. I agree that it’s a balanced argument on the panel. One day I hope that voices like ours will inspire young girls around the globe ❤

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