"Feels like another program promoting plus size! Why does it feel were accepting FAT as the norm now a days" ...Followed shortly by an astonishing back lash from many plus sized girls.
Firstly I am not saying if you're overweight you should feel unhappy, ugly or that anyone should feel ashamed of their own size or of their own body, before I'm called out for #FatShaming. (although yes I did tweet someone telling them to jog on and grab a salad, after being called ignorant and god knows what else last night) My point is simply expressing that as we increasingly accommodate for obesity, most obviously in the form of clothing becoming made in larger sizes more and more, alongside the increase in shops specialising in "plus size" clothing being brought to the high street, would appear that we are simply accepting plus size (and therefore those over weight and indeed obese) as a normality.
For example research has shown that a woman who wears a size 14 now in clothing, would have worn a size 16 in the 70's, purely because clothes are being made larger. Yes perhaps a cleaver marketing stunt to make us all feel better for vanity reasons and to buy their products, but then when clothes are becoming increasingly manufactured in bigger sizes, when does it stop being ok and start to normalise obesity?
With size 16 being the UK average and the fact we are now statistically a stone heavier than we was in 1951 then I feel my point that we are accepting weight gain is clearly a valid one. I'm not saying a size 16 is unhealthy but where does catering to the masses end and accepting we are becoming a fatter more obese nation begin?
To answer the girl on twitter who pointed out (rightly so, when I made the above point) that in history obesity was seen as a sign of wealth, my response is simply, beheading were also seen as acceptable method for a divorce. There is no argument to say obesity is a positive thing in 2015.
I understand the basic economics of marketing and if there is a demand for plus size clothes, clothing manufactures will produce this. However where does making money end and making obesity socially acceptable begin. Surely increasingly catering for a growing nation is showing were accepting obesity as a norm. If we're producing clothing in sized 32 and larger does it mean it's now acceptable to be over weight.
When researching this post, I browsed a few plus sized clothing ranges and was utterly mortified some companies are now producing children ranges, or named "generous fitting"etc, Plus sized clothing for children! I found that purely horrific! Why does plus sized children's clothing even exist!
When plus sized children's clothing exists surly enough is enough?
Yes you may argue McDonalds promote to children too etc with their happy meals, apparently kids and grown up both love harribo, but these aren't making anyone obese, over eating food and not enough exercise is.
So what's my problem with this?
Increasingly catering for the plus size and obese shows we're accepting of this and it's happening! Plus size clothing producers aren't producing this type of clothing so over weight people can be a little more fashionable it's happening because there making money from this, because there is now a market for this. Despite what any advertising campaign tells you.
Obesity in all forms is not healthy. For the love of god anyone who claims they are obese and healthy is in denial. It's been medically proven obesity puts you at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing problems and essentially an early death. You might say your over weight and healthy however medically you are not. I'll accept people of an average weight can suffer with the above conditions too, but the key point your more at risk.
Just like a smokers are more at risk of lung cancer, strokes and heart attacks. So why aren't we suddenly socially acceptable of smokers? We enforced a smoking ban, we hide them away behind the counters of shops, we advertise the risks on the packets. Why not add a compulsory warning sign on the tag of a size 32 dress? Obesity kills.
Is it acceptable clothing sizes are increasing or are we all in denial with our health?
Is vanity sizing clothing ok? or is it making weight gain a "norm"?