Thursday, April 23, 2015

UK: Must not disrespect fat

Loose Women panellist Jamelia has sparked controversy after insisting that shops should not stock clothes for obese women.

In a discussion about overweight teenagers, the 34-year-old mother-of-two said that obese women 'should feel uncomfortable' about their unhealthy size, and that high street stores should not be catering for them.

She said: '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.'

Jamelia, who also claimed she was 'all for celebrating people as they are', added: 'I don't believe they [high street stores] should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.

'Yes, have specialist shops, but you should feel uncomfortable if you are unhealthy... to be available in every High Street store, I don't think that's right.'

Viewers were quick to criticise the former singer's comments on Twitter, with many declaring she should be 'sacked' from the show, and not a single user taking her side.

Jamelia appeared to respond to today's Twitter backlash with a quote this afternoon.  'Never waste your time trying to explain, to people committed to misunderstanding you,' she tweeted to her 34,000 followers.



Stan B said...

Not all obese people are living "unhealthy lifestyles," so this presenter really needs to inform herself before making blanket judgements.

Weight is a combination of factors, and to claim it's as easy as "calories in / calories out" is ignorance itself. Like cars, bodies get surprisingly different fuel efficiencies under differing "road conditions." Not everyone can lose weight on 1200 calories a day. Of course, if people claim to be dieting and failing to lose weight, the assumption everyone has is that they are either lying or cheating.

She deserves whatever abuse she gets.

Anonymous said...

Only a very small minority of obese people are that way for purely medical or genetic reasons. Most are that way b/c of an unhealthy lifestyle and b/c they don't want to accept responsibility for their own behavior, and b/c they are too indolent to make a serious effort to change.
They may have a point if they blame the unhealthy lifestyle that modern living promotes, but they aren't forced to be passive consumers (literally or otherwise).

Anonymous said...

Why can't your weight be your business. Baby murders can argue that they have free choice. I see no distinction.

Bird of Paradise said...

You mean no more Fatty,Fatty 2x4?

Anonymous said...

"I support women to be themselves as long as they adhere to my idea of ideal." Spoken like a true liberal. smh