Sunday, June 6, 2010

Urban Outfitters' 'Eat Less' T-Shirt PULLED From Website, But Still In Stores

What we have are a lot of people who want a group of people that they can scapegoat. Because it is no longer acceptable to scapegoat people for their race, now they are trying to work the angle of scapegoating people for their size. Shaming people for being overweight DOES NOT WORK! And as I pointed out before, the shirt is on an absolutely anorexic-looking model. The use of abnormally skinny models leads NORMAL WEIGHT women to see themselves as fat and so the cycle of eating disorders begins.

I have a history of bulimia. At this point, I do need to lose weight, but when I was bulimic, I was normal weight. (130 pounds at 5'5" tall and a big-boned frame.) I thought I was grossly obese. I contributed to screwing up my metabolism by starving myself and forcing myself to vomit.

At this point in my life I am old and mean enough that seeing an emaciated girl in a t-shirt that says "eat less" only inspires me to say "okay, here, you eat my lunch. Because Babe, you need to freaking EAT SOMETHING!" I refuse to let such a thing make me feel ashamed. But I was young once, and I know the way young women think. An item such as this shirt will only make them hate themselves more rather than inspire them to healthier habits.
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