Selling size 4 clothes is no good for kids

ColumnistsBy Caoimhe Young

Think about the overweight people you know, and then think about the severely underweight people you know – which is more disturbing?

I’ll always remember Nigella Lawson speaking about the death of her first husband, journalist John Diamond, who passed away in 1986 of cancer. She said that underweight meant sick, not sexy, because that’s what the illness did to her lover.

Nigella went on to say that’s why she loved her curves and she was right on every level… being too thin so often means someone is ill or has an eating disorder.

So this week when everyone was jumping all over their svelte selves giving out about Jamelia – they were just reacting and not listening.

The former Voice judge said that shops should not stock clothes for bigger women.

In a discussion about overweight teenagers, the former singer said that she was “all for celebrating people as they are”.

It’s annoying when someone beautiful and slim mouths off, but she told the ITV show: “I do not think it is 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.”

So, not only overweight people but underweight people.

She 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.”

I agree with her wholeheartedly. I think she considered what she was saying.

Size six wasn’t around when I was growing up and neither was size four because there wasn’t enough of a demand for it, but now there is.

Why is that? What’s changed in the way that we eat, or the way that we don’t eat?

Attention to healthy eating, portion size and regular exercise is essential for healthy living and that’s the message we need to give to our youths.

In the age of supersize burgers and detox diets that involve days of no solids, someone has to talk sense.

I can just hear it now: ‘I can’t shop in the High Street, I’m too fat.’

But the same sentence with ‘too skinny’ would have a greater impact. It would tell the girl who thinks she’s a supermodel that society thinks she is unhealthy. 

It would mean shops hiring models wouldn’t use size zero girls because they wouldn’t fit into their clothes. Right there, I see part of a problem solved.

Good thinking Jamelia.