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.