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8 things that are wrong with Jamelia's views on plus sized clothing

The singer stated that shops shouldn’t stock clothes above size 20.

Brit Awards 2015 - Arrivals - London Source: Dominic Lipinski

SINGER JAMELIA HAS come under fire for comments she made about plus sized clothing on yesterday’s episode of Loose Women.

During a discussion on teenage obesity, the singer stated that stores should not “facilitate” unhealthy lifestyles and should not stock clothes above or below a certain size.

They should be made to feel uncomfortable when they go in and can’t find a size.

Needless to say, her remarks have inspired a backlash.

And with good reason.

1. Her comments suggest that people who are above a certain size have something to be ashamed of.

2. When it’s really not anyone’s place to tell a woman whether or not she should feel uncomfortable in her own skin

3. Not everyone who is overweight or obese necessarily lives an “unhealthy lifestyle”

4. People have also pointed out that, as a spokesperson for a campaign promoting self-esteem, Jamelia’s comments were highly irresponsible

The singer is one of many famous faces that have lent their support to Good Morning Britain’s #SelfieEsteem campaign, the purpose of which is to encourage self-love and body confidence.

5. Besides, there are other ways to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles that don’t involve shaming women

6. And they don’t involve denying women the opportunity to feel good about themselves in nice clothes

7. After all, as many plus-sized woman will know, shopping for clothes can already be somewhat challenging without these sorts of obstacles being put in place

8. In short, this all feels very Katie Hopkins-esque

This morning, Jamelia apologised if she had offended anyone with her comments and accused the papers of sensationalising her comments, pointing out that she also said that shops shouldn’t stock clothes below size 6 either.

However, she also told Good Morning Britain that she stood by her comments.

But I do stand by what I said – I am a real women with real opinions. I’m not here to play some villain. It’s not that, I get paid to voice my opinion. Occasionally you offend people.

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