It is a debate which has been raging for several years. Do plus size clothes for teens encourage obesity? It is not easy to find plus size clothes for plus size teens but some retailers have been making the effort over the last couple of years such as retailers Target and Forever 21. Yet whenever similar lines are promoted a torrid of criticism follows saying that such fashions are purely encouraging teen obesity.
But surely, all teenagers are entitled to be able to find flattering and fashionable clothes that fit. It is hard enough being a teen, even harder being an overweight teen, without having the confidence knocked out of you more for not being able to find the latest trends that fit. And let’s face it, being up to date with the latest trends is a teenage obsession, there is no getting away from that!
So, what do you think? Does plus size clothing for plus size teens promote obesity? That is what the organization National Action Against Obesity think: “When you look at the human cost, what we’re doing is we’re on the Titanic and rather than forcing our children into the lifeboat, we’re telling them to join the band. Worrying about fashion rather than worrying about the food is a horrible message that we’re sending these kids.” Some people think that plus size teens wanting trendier clothes in smaller size are a motivator to lose weight.
Plus size model, author, and campaigner Emme argues: “I completely disagree that these lines are promoting obesity. You need to wear clothes to look cool at school. You need to wear clothes to be present in life. And when everybody else has fashion, you should, too.” She also says: “Could you imagine taking away all of the clothes for thinner women and saying, ‘Sorry, you’re too thin. You can’t have that.’ It doesn’t make sense.”
Tell us what you think. Are plus size teens fashion promoting obesity or are they simply ensuring fashion is inclusive, not exclusive?
For plus size teen fashion visit www.forever21.com
Read this older CNN article from 2009 which talks about the launch of Faith 21: Fashion stretches to fit plus-size teens
And related article from Jezebel: Big Problems Arise With Plus-Size Clothing For Teens