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Sophia Bush Outraged Over Urban Outfitters’ ‘Eat Less’ T-Shirt

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A month ago, Urban Outfitters released a t-shirt that clearly invited you to… ‘Eat Less’ (see the top above). After receiving lots of criticism, the shirt was quickly pulled from the online store. Sophia Bush was particularly outraged by this message and wrote an open letter to Urban Outfitters on her blog:

Ladies! This is OUTRAGEOUS. I hope none of you will stand for being told such a thing, in such a way. Being healthy, eating right, and staying active is one thing. Being told to starve yourselves by a fashion company? Not cool.

UO,

I have been a supporter of your store for many years, but now I’m through.

I am fortunate enough to star on a wonderful TV show called One Tree Hill. I play a fashion designer named Brooke Davis, who started a campaign on the show called “Zero Is Not A Size” and the outpouring of love and gratitude that came my way from girls and women ALL OVER THE WORLD who have body image issues brought me to tears.

To promote starvation? To promote anorexia, which leads to heart disease, bone density loss, and a slew of other health problems, not least of all psychological issues that NEVER go away? Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores. And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporters I have to do the same. I have fought to boycott BP. I never imagined I would also be boycotting affordable fashion.

You should issue a public apology, and make a hefty donation to a women’s organization that supports those stricken with eating disorders. I am sickened that anyone, on any board, in your gigantic company would have voted ‘yes’ on such a thing, let alone enough of you to manufacture an item with such a hurtful message. It’s like handing a suicidal person a loaded gun. You should know better.

I sincerely hope that next time you decide that making fun of serious issues is comedic, or ‘snarky in a cool way,’ that you rethink your decision.

With Sincerity but NO respect,

Sophia Bush

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Julie
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Julie

Go Sophia! That is a well-written open letter. It gets the point across but she never resorted to rudeness.

b
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Agreed!!! I had no idea what this actress was about. I’m an instant fan. Done and done.

patricia
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patricia

right on..totally agree.

Chillwaves
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Chillwaves

Jumping on the “totally agree” bandwagon!! hehe 😀

Her blind doggie is sooo cute!
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Her blind doggie is sooo cute!

My name is Jen and I’ve been a fan of hers since I found out she adopts her dogs instead of buying those “designer pooches” that lead to more animal suffering and overpopulation. One of the dogs she adopted has only one eye but he’s a happy pooch! I thank God there are atleast a few people like this girl in Hollyweird because young people look up to celebrities so much. Whichever man she ends up with will be extremely lucky to have such a catch like Sophia!

Cindy1984
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Cindy1984

Sophia is supposedly dating Austin Nichols which also plays her love interest on One Tree Hill, but I don’t know how serious they are. I’m sorry, but I think she could do so much better than this guy. He looks like a Justin Timberlake wannabe – but a plainer more blah version of JT. He’s not good looking enough for her and just seems to be a schmuck. I think Chris Evans would make a great couple with her and Chris also loves dogs and treats his bulldog like if he was his own son! Awwww.

ashley
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ashley

i don’t think it has to do with she can do better. you can clearly see by everything sophia stands for she isn’t going to stoop and choose her man according to how he looks. she see’s things for how they are. not that she can do better.

Asia
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Asia

God, I love Sophia, she is so sexy,yet curvy and healthy! Guys drool over her, she is smart and a great role model for women and teenage girls! I totally agree w/ evtn she said, and I’m glad she had the courage to do so. Who would wear/buy a shirt like this anyway? Not only is it really ugly, but just so ridiculous. I feel sorry for anyone who purchased that ugly gray thing. May God bless your poor soul

Rachel
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Rachel
Totally agree. I also, I’ve hated this t-shirt since I first saw it- who wants to wear something which says that? The way I look at it, either you wear it and people think “yeah, she should eat less”, or you’re thin and you wear it and it looks like you’re pro-ana or something. Also, I just don’t think it looks nice :). I agree with her and find it kind of shocking that nobody stopped and said ‘are we really gonna sell this?’. Or may be someone did, but they managed to justify it. Very silly and irresponsible. saying… Read more »
Michelle
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Michelle
Okay, I really don’t see why this is so bad. UO has had A LOT of messages that were as “extreme” as this, if you can even call it that, and no one complained then. No one is saying “Starve Yourself”. Eat less means eat less. It’s a statement. Remember when they had the “don’t feed the models” shirt? WHAT is the difference? This is generalized to the public and it will cause eating disorders? Get over it. There are a hell of a lot worse things out there to “cause” or trigger an eating disorder. This is BS.
Lara
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Lara

So because there are worse things in the world we should just ignore their message to young, impressionable girls?
I can tell from your message you’re no older than 18 – sorry to perhaps offend your peers by grouping them with you.

This shirt is made in sizes for young girls who are not overweight so one cannot argue that it is not promoting starvation as a trend.

Michelle
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Michelle

Uh no, the girls can either die or get the hell over it.

Lara
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Lara

Someone with an eating disorder should just die or get over it?
You do realise an eating disorder is a mental disease?
You’re very ill-informed and bitter so maybe you should just close your mouth.

denise
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denise

I agree with you Lara, that was so rude!

annon
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annon

agreed. Michelle is a **** *****

annon
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annon

sorry. that was rude of me. i wouldn’t want someone to feel bad about themselves so that that do something rational and cause their own demise.

Rowen
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Rowen

You have a point in saying that there are a lot more shirts out there with more irreverent sayings.

That said, UO is an extremely popular clothing retailer, and we all know that it doesnt just sell clothes but a LIFESTYLE. Messages like this DO have an impact on the subconscious of society and Ms Bush sees it rightfully as her responsibility as a relatively prolific individual to speak out against it.

Amanda
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If you’re eating 1200 calories a day (which many people do), then “eat less” DOES mean “starve yourself”.

rachel fair
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rachel fair

yea right, i don’t know hardly any people who eat those few calories. and overeating is a trend in this country. we have the highest rates of obesity and heart disease because of it. eat less is a message most americans could and should heed, young and female or not.

TheCreatrix
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she’s smarter than her father.

Serafiina
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Serafiina

Who is her father?

Leah
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Leah

you do realize she’s not in any way related to george w. bush, right?

layla
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layla

i don’t think she does but either way GO SOPHIA as a curvy girl myself I’m sick of always seeing those kind of things

alexandra
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alexandra

lolz.

Alyssa
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Alyssa

HAHAHA ! R U serious???
she is in no way related to George W. Bush… wow.
Hey America – eat less & think more…

Mizzy
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Mizzy

how do you know she is American?? there are people from all over the world on this site. I actually think most Americans know who his daughters are given that they have both been in the tabloids! I am not even American, although I do live in the US now, and I find this comment offensive.

Essence
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Essence

She never said she’s american, she said “hey america”. calm down…..

Mizzy
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Mizzy

don’t be so naive, she said that because she was assuming the poster was American. Why would she respond by disparaging Americans if she didn’t think the poster was American?? that makes absolutely not sense if you follow the thread.

Essence
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Essence

Your upset that she assumed that the poster was American, yet your assuming she was talking about the poster being american…. contradiction much????

southerngumdrops
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southerngumdrops

Agree. There is no way UO meant it literally but it sends a horrible message. I used to shop there but will no longer. Disgusting.

Julia
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Julia

I agree!. I remember Abercrombie & Fitch came out with a shirt that said “Do I make you look fat?”.. i mean this is not the first time tshirts are out with such statements. Its NOT that big of a deal. I know the person that I am, as young as I may be, I know not to get influenced into not eating by a shirt that says “eat less”.

Michelle
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Michelle

Thank you for having a brain.

Susan
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Susan

Sad how quick some of you people are to judge. Eating disorders aren’t about “not having a brain” or “not being able to think for yourself.” But to someone who is already facing these issues, things like this just reiterate the problem. You might want to get educated on the subject before you speak out again so quick.

Casey
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Casey

Eating disorders are also not about what is on a T shirt nor about being thin. It’s about control when the rest of one’s life is spiraling out of their control.

Most anorexics wind up being 70-80 pounds…something that no media outlet ever has portrayed as attractive. And yet, anorexics will be that weight and will still say they are fat…they have no “goal” in mind…it just keeps going.

Susan
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Susan
Partly right, yes it is about control. But it often starts out as something much more simple, such as “I feel fat, I need to lose weight, so I can look like those girls in the magazines.” I can’t tell you how often this happens, especially to young, impressionable girls. (Not JUST girls, mind you, but it’s more common in girls.) The media portrays such a cookie cutter image of what a woman is “supposed” to look like, that anything other than that is perceived as “less than” or “not good enough”. And that’s how kids, these days, are growing… Read more »
Casey
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Casey
I still disagree. I have interviewed many anorexics, and one thing I can tell you is that no media or beauty standard in the world could trigger that kind of disordered thinking in a person who doesn’t already have the disease state, whether active or dormant. Things like feeling fat can trigger the start of the disorder in those that have the disease state ready to be primed, but never in normal young girls. Therefore, media, fashion, celebrities don’t CAUSE eating disorders. They simply trigger the symptoms in those who already have the disorder due to real causes, such as… Read more »
Susan
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Susan
One more thing…don’t be fooled thinking all anorexics are that thin. I’ve known both anorexics and bulimics who have gotten down to no less than a “healthy weight” through these methods. On the outside, they looked great, but on the inside, they were nutritionally deficient and slowly spiraling out of control to where they were literally afraid to eat, and when they did, it had to immediately “come back up”. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If anything, these big clothing industries should be putting out positive messages about health and self-acceptance. Some of the images portrayed in magazines and catalogs are downright terrifying! Look… Read more »
Irina
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@casey: allow me to disagree with you. I’m no expert, though, but I have a friend that almost became full on anorexic so I did a lot of reading on the matter, trying to find ways to help. She was 28 at the time. The causes of anorexia are still being researched, as it is a modern disease so to speak. They are very complex. But what it is triggered by is a traumatic event. What I can say is that she has always had body issues. And that’s not because her parents didn’t tell her she’s beautiful as a… Read more »
P.
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BRAVO Sophia!!!!

Priscila
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Priscila

At first I was like “You GO girl! Tell’ em the truth” and then I read this “Zero Is Not A Size” 🙁
The same crap all over again, can’t people promote body diversity and body acceptance w/o those hurtful-hatefull slogans towards skinny chicks?

ummsani
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ummsani
EXACTLY, that’s how how i felt. i’m a size 0/1, but i am healthy and i LOOK healthy. i’m petite. just because you are a size 0 doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, and i am proof that size 0 is healthy. i’m known for eating a lot, but i run and take care of myself. i don’t have bones sticking out of my body, my ribs don’t show, i don’t have collarbones that stand out. i am healthy, and i am a size 0. you can be a size 10 and still be healthy. why can’t we EMBRACE ALL SIZES instead… Read more »
bigvinamac
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no words. thank you for saying that.

b
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You know, though, I have to say that I think you’re missing the point. No one is saying that there’s anything wrong with being size zero. No one is criticizing you. They’re criticizing an industry that tries to make zero the NORM. You’re an exception. Exceptions are ok. But to expect that a 5’10” woman fit into a size 0 is unconscionable. To expect anyone to fit into a size 0, if its not their natural size, is ridiculous. I’m about a size 2. I feel pressure to be smaller. It’s ridiculous, and one has to wonder when it will… Read more »
bigvinamac
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i disagree. there are plenty of women who are size 0s, naturally, but are getting accused of being too thin and sending bad messages. we know how the media is when it comes to size but don’t you think the media does the same thing to girls who aren’t shaped like a coke bottle and making it ideal? size 0 is a small size but it’s still a size and for someone to make a campaign out of saying “zero is not a size” how do you think girls who are that small feel?

Kimberly
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Kimberly

You are still missing the point. Size Zero is not the standard, it is the exception to the rule. Yes, of course there are size zero woman out there, no one disputes that at all. It is however, disputable to make size zero the standard because the vast majority of women will never be that size. I disagree with the whole “say no to size zero” campaign but I also disagree with the whole “starve yourself so you can be a size zero” bit.

Cathy
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Cathy
No 5’10 model is naturally a size 0 , I guess that is what she is really talking about. Of course If you are petite (about 5’4 and under) it is no problem at all to fit into this size – that is why I always say there is a need for tiny sizes but if I with my 5’8 ever wanted to fit into a size zero I would have to be non existant. I already am pretty skinny and have a narrow bone structure but I’ll never wear anything smaller than a 2 to 4. But still there… Read more »
Irina
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If they are a size 0 naturally, then they look fine and shouldn’t be accused of anything. If you’re talking about a celebrity (e.g. model), they usually get criticism for the way they look, not their size. (have you ever read comments saying “OMG, I can’t believe she’s that size!” or comments saying “OMG, I can’t believe she’s that skinny!” Skinny is not a size, it’s a look).
You’re twisting things again.

bigvinamac
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well i get what she is saying but i still don’t agree with the whole campaign of size zero not being a size. so how am i missing the point?

Evie
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No, I think that’s reading too much. “Size 0 is not a size” means “size 0 is not a size”, not “artificially achieved size 0 is unhealthy” or anything like that. If the campaign really did mean what you are saying, then it’s been inappropriately named, which is a mistake that is up to its authors to correct. However, that’s a fake campaign, which belongs in a TV show, and, if anybody should be responsible for it, that is not Sophia. Sophia never shared with us her thoughts on the campaign in this text, nor has she specified what it… Read more »
Lisa
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Lisa

I agree. You can tell when someone is an unhealthy 0. I’m small, but I work out and take care of myself too. I don’t think I look ill at all.

shell
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shell

Size zero is healthy if you have a naturally high metabolism, or if you are very short. It isn’t healthy, though, for many women who are designed to have a little fat on their bones, but who starve themselves to be a size zero. People just need to know their healthy weight and maintain it.

Ellie
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Ellie
I completely agree with you. I felt offended by the “Zero Is Not A Size” campaign. I’m a size zero, or one in some stores, 5’3.5 and 115 pounds. I exercise and I’m an athlete, I don’t go on fad diets, and I’m definitely NOT anorexic. I just have a small bone structure and dense muscle mass. My whole family has small bone structures: my mom is 5’3.5 and about 105 pounds and a size zero at age 47, and I have cousins that are size 0 or even 00 at 5’7 and 5’8. They are also in no way… Read more »
ashley
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ashley

idk if you watch the show. but on the show it was for girls who feel like they need to be smaller, they still had tiny models on the show, and alex is still a size zero. but it was for girls to realize you dont need to be a zero. it’s not that were like you need to gain weight, just encouraging girls who aren’t a zero that they don’t need to be a zero to be beautiful, but girls who are zeros are beautiful.

MacKenzie
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I love UO, have forever and this doesn’t change anything.
I’m see it the same way as Priscila. I’m 5’8 and a size 0. Am I anorexic? Hell no! But 0 IS a size. It’s mine.
And I really don’t appreciate that.
Besides, it’s not tell you to go starve yourself. I actually find it kind of funny that everyone is so mad when 99% of America really could benefit from eating less.
Besides, I really want one of the “please do not feed the models” shirts… They aren’t mean or sending any message, they’re just funny and stupid.

snoops
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snoops
I agree with all that sophia said, and she said it very well. In regards the “zero is not a size” thing I agree also. This whole size 0 trend is stupid and has placed so much emphasis on size, not just something that makes women who can never be that skinny feel bad, but it has created backlash towards naturally petite women who can’t help being a 0 – there never used to be such a thing as a size zero, the same size garments existed, but they weren’t labelled a zero. What is a zero now would have… Read more »
kate
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kate
The “ZERO is not a size” campaign is not anything against skinny people. Sure you wear a size that is called zero, but why the hell it is called zero in the first place? Think about it… It is basically saying a size 0 is size nothing, size 0 women are so small they are 0. Then to push this size is basically saying the less of women there is the better. I am also naturally thin and will never ever have curves even if I gained 40lbs. I am strongly against saying that any body shape or size is… Read more »
Irina
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That’s quite a good point. Come to think of it, size 0 is a marketing invention. I should really be a size 6/8 US (according to conversions), but I wear a 4 lol. Then the size 0 should really be 2/4…
just saying….

Casey
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Casey
Yeah, but the people who use the slogan “Size 0 is not a size” are not doing it because they are trying to change the size labels on clothes, but rather trying to make the statement that women shouldn’t be forced to be a size 0. So in a way, it is a jab at those who are a size 0, very much like the statement, “Real Women Have Curves!” And I saw the episode; one of the characters felt too “fat” for the runway, so Sophia’s character came up with that slogan and used larger models to show off… Read more »
Chrissy
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Chrissy

They added size zero about ten years ago to US sizing, during the beginning of low-rise pants (I worked retail when it happened). It was mostly due to pre-teen girls shopping in the juniors or “ladies” department. There was a shift in clothing in this country (US) where 12 year old girls were no longer “girls”. It’s kept up and evidently there’s enough skinny (not petite) women in the world to keep it going.

Size 0.
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Size 0.

Really? A size 0 is nothing? Because I’m pretty sure I’m a size 0 and I’m real. I’m also 5’0 and a big eater with a fast metabolism. Isn’t there a way to promote body acceptance without putting other down?

shell
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shell
You’re right that America needs to loose weight, but not to the point of size zero – many women are not designed to be that thin. There are some genetically skinny women who have high metabolisms and are healthy at a size zero – like yourself – but a lot of causacian and African women aren’t. No one is healthy over weight, but most women need a certain amount of body fat in order to be healthy, particularly for their bones and fertility. Size zero shouldn’t be seen as the bench mark size for women to reach, because it isn’t… Read more »
Casey
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Casey

While I agree with you shell, I just want to point out that high metabolism is a medical condition that is not the same as being “naturally thin.” Hyperthyroid (aka high metabolism) may have to be treated with medication, which would make the person put on some weight.

Naturally thin people have normal thyroid and metabolism levels. The difference lies in the fact that their body will not build itself up. They have very thin bones and naturally petite muscular structure that is highly resistant to change.

Also, naturally thin people usually have a normal body-fat percentage.

b
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I’m so sick of people bashing the United States for high obesity. Sure, it’s high. It’s awfully high and it’s embarrassing. The rate is about 30%, last I checked. And while that’s miserable, if you do some basic math, it’s pretty clear that the vast majority of us aren’t fat. So don’t say “99%.”

What’s more, there are at least 10 other countries not too far behind the U.S. People seem to forget that…

scatteredpolaroids
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scatteredpolaroids

I agree with you, but I just want to make sure you understand that 30 percent is the OBESITY rate, not the overweight rate. Meaning that there are a LOT more overweight people. 34% more according to stats. That’s 64% of America being fat. Not 30%, not 99%, but 64% ish.

That’s still a whole lot if you ask me.

Lara
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Lara

I think in the context of the slogan, it would make more sense.
Sophia works with models on the show who are required to be very tall. Thus to be 5’10 and a size zero is very unhealthy but unfortunately a trend.

But i do totally agree – skinny girls are not necessarily unhealthy, and it is important to promote body diversity.

Amanda
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Okay, here’s the thing about the no-size-0 campaign… My sister-in-law is Chinese, so I know a number of size 0 people, who are naturally that way… BUT they are 5’4 and under in height! NO ONE in the world is naturally a size 0 if they are over 5’8″ – yet most models are, and the way they get to that size is through starvation and excessive exercise. THAT is what the campaign is against, NOT size 0 people who are naturally that size.

alana
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alana

I love her for this. It doesn’t matter how UO meant this, it’s disgusting and disrespectful. If it was targeted towards overweight people, it’s rude and disrespectful. If it’s targeted towards thin people, it’s rude, disrespectful, and dangerous. I’m NEVER shopping there again.

Susan
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Susan

Exactly! And that is the point! If anything, they should makes shirts with POSITIVE affirmations. Saying things like, “BE HEALTHY” or “HEALTH COMES IN ALL SIZES” or something along those lines. Simply saying “Eat Less” IS rude towards heavier people, and can be outright dangerous to underweight people. There’s just no use for a shirt like this!

French Cha
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French Cha

thumbs up, sophia !!! “eat less”… i can’t believe someone brought such a stupid “idea”… especially when you know a lot of people have to deal with anorexia, etc… i don’t understand. “eat five to nine portions of fruit or vegetables every day” : this means something lol 😉 but “eat less” doesn’t make sense at all !

Alexa
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Vastly more people have to deal with obesity, which could be resolved by “eating less,” than with anorexia. We shouldn’t have to tiptoe around and avoid speaking the truth because it might upset someone else.

charlie
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charlie

There are MILLIONS of women who suffer from disordered eating patterns in North America… MILLIONS! So saying that “vastly more people have to deal with obesity” is an exaggeration and a mistruth.
Furthermore, many scientists believe that restricting ones intake can lead to overweight and obesity because it disrupts your appetite regulating mechanisms.

Urban Outfitters is a store marketed at young women – so a graphic t-shirt is hardly the place to promote healthy eating to those who may be overweight or obese.

Sophia Bush is wonderful. She makes me proud to be a woman.

Alexa
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30% of American adults are obese. That is nearly100 MILLION PEOPLE. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Be quiet.

Cathy
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Cathy

So you really think obese women will listen to what UO is saying with these T-Shirts ? No it will be the already thin and disordered girls that get hung up on such statements. And these girls then end up eating less and less because they think they never will be skinny enough to be accepted by the fashion industry or by society or whoever they try to impress.
That shirt isn’t raising awareness on obesity it’s just plain stupid, especially when you look at the girl promoting it.

Irina
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Then you should be quiet as well until you learn more about health, nutrition and diseases.

Lisa
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Lisa

Uh yeah, a lot of people are too fat, but can’t we agree that both are problematic? How many people have to die before it’s a “real” problem?

Lara
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Lara

The t-shirts are made for young girls of a healthy size. Do you really think they’re addressing obesity?

Irina
Member

right! and the way not to be obese anymore is to “eat less”?!? Do you even know how dangerous that is?
No, if someone is obese, needs to see a doctor first of all, have a full physical and have a diet recommended and tailored for them!
Eating less (when you take it ad literam) leads to more obesity, eating disorders and serious health risks on the long run. You don’t need to eat less, you need to eat better!

Eva
Guest

Sophia Bush is honestly my hero. After reading this, it made me love her even more. Go SOPH!

Diana
Guest

Even though I stopped watching OTH a loooong time ago, I still love Sophia Bush. She’s just so beautiful, talented, smart and healthy. A very good role model. And this statement makes me love her even more.

laura
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laura

what a great role mole she is they should be disgusted with themselves you dont put that slogan on clothing even as a joke.

southerngumdrops
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southerngumdrops

role mole? haha this made me laugh out loud 🙂 i know what you meant though

laura
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laura

lol i ment role model hehe

mia
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i loved sophia bush prior to this but i love her sooo much more now, intelligent and beautiful!!!

Minnie
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Minnie

I love UO.
They are quite tongue in cheek and should not be taken so seriously.

Also, for some reason her outrage at the shirt makes me want to buy it.

Minnie
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Minnie

Also, they had a shirt that says: Alcohol Caffeine Nicotine.
Why not speak out on that as well?

Miranda
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Miranda

I agree, I love UO and though I think the shirt is a little weird and I’d never buy/wear it, I don’t find it offensive. But maybe that’s because I’m thin.

nannou
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nannou

the shirt is ugly anyway..” do I make u look fat” really??LOL I think is funny

aliss
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aliss

i think it was just intended as funny. while it isn’t, i don’t she needed to go to such extent. if you don’t like it just don’t buy it.

hm
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agreed

bigvinamac
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honestly i don’t think it was meant to say “girls should starve themselves.” i’ve seen shirts that say “feed models” or anything else but no one says anything about that but the minute it has something to do with losing weight, everybody throws a fit. and i disagree with her saying “zero is not a size” when it fact it is. no not all girls should be that size because of their body type but there are girls who are size 0s that do exist. i get what she is saying but if a shirt is suppose to make girls… Read more »
Alexa
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It’s a silly shirt in the first place, but Sophia Bush, what kind of an idiot are you? “Eat less” and “don’t eat at all” are two very different messages, and the fact is that the vast majority of the American population COULD stand to eat less. Must everything become a crusade for the protection of anorexics these days?

Amarige
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Amarige
What a pseudo-intellectual comment. The company IS responsible for what it puts out on the market. Ever taken a course in business ethics? The t-shirt is not modeled by an ‘average-looking’/average-sized’ American — nor does claim to be a public service announcement geared towards the ‘vast majority of the American population’ — which could also ‘Recycle More’ and ‘Buy Less.’ Yet the topic is food. The manufacturer of the shirt is not the American Heart Association — but a clothing company that feeds on the insecurities of young women. It may be ‘silly’ to you because you do not understand… Read more »
RAchel
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RAchel
Aww how cute Amarige, using big words and trying to sound intelligent. First of all, NO ONE cares about how someone sounds in their comments, it’s just a online site.. So get off your high horse. REMOVED Second, it is absolute bs that they pulled this tshirt off. Does it say ‘eat less and be skinny?’ NO it just says eat less. I don’t find that offensive whatsoever. Nor does it make me want to starve myself or go on a diet. You know what does make me want to starve myself? Seeing ugly chubby or even average models and… Read more »
Amarige
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Amarige

You have an odd logic.
That is to say — none.

snoops
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snoops

amarige, apparantly “no one cares” how you (or others) sound, and apparantly you’re a tight a~~. Did it make you lol reading those things in a 4 paragraph rant? I know I did. Irony.

You’re right, logic seems to have taken a vacation for some!

P.S – apparantly you are soley responsible for photoshop and the distorted image of women in the media, and it’s your job to sort it out, untill then then you are not allowed to have an oppinion on anything else! Shame on you.
He he 😀 sometimes really we can only laugh at what people say

Irina
Member

Versus, I’d like to report the above comment. Thanks.

Irina
Member

I mean RAchel’s comment, sorry.

Rox
Guest

Totally agree with you.

It’s magazines and media generally speaking who promote skinny models and emphasize the idea that only skinny women are beautiful. No, women with curves are really beautiful. Fat women aren’t. That’s nothing beautiful about layers of fat on a woman… sorry.

Young girls are influenced by TV, the music they listen to, the movies they watch. They go fanatic for their idols and I’m sure they try to look like them.

Alexa
Guest

Your comment is remarkably vague. Just what I expect from someone who has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about, and yet tries to sound smart!

Maybe your ego should eat less; it’s awfully big.

RAchel
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RAchel

I totally agree with you Alexa, it is amazing how stupid people are. Before you know it being skinny will be a crime and everyone will wear tshirts saying ‘STUFF YOUR FACES’. You;d think they’d have something better to do than whine about some tshirt, that does not promote anorexia or cause insecurities whatsoever. Sure, world hunger and world peace can wait, first let’s make sure all these 14 year olds don’t go starving themselves because they see a tshirt that says ‘eat less’.

Essence
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Essence

Ha ha. I LOVE both of your comments, I couldnt have said it better myself! I can SO imagine a shirt saying “Stuff Your Face” and everyone praising it… like people need to get over themselves. I’m TIRED of the fat praising and the skinny bashing. But eh, thats me. Everytime I say that people go into their anorexic and bulimic talk.

Cara
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Cara

eh, whatever. Some of us do need to eat less haha kidding, but, apparently we consume an average of 300 more calories a day that what our grandmothers would have.

suzushii
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suzushii

Our grandmothers were also on average WAY shorter. Calorie needs increase with height.

kate
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kate

they weren’t way shorter
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2007/SimasCeckauskas.shtml
scroll down a bit. i know there are no stats for america but on avg a european woman was about 1-2cm shorter in 1950 than now. caloric needs don’t increase with height, they increase with weight. a 100lb 5′ and 5’5 person will probably need about the same calories assuming they have similar muscle mass.

Minnie
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Minnie

But a healthy weight range increases with height.

kate1st
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kate1st

Calorie needs are dependant on amount of lean mass and activity level. So if a 5ft8 preson and 5ft2 person both had the same level of lean mass and activity level then they would require the same amount of calories regardless of the height difference.

isabella
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isabella

wow! she is brave, i love her because of this. this is promoting anorexia on young girls. it’s happy that an actress is not promoting anorexia on girls. she is so beautiful

natalie
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natalie

AWESOME letter. Good for her.

I wish the hype over UO would end. Making bukus of cash selling cheaply made and purposefully “ugly” clothing? I don’t get it.

Monika
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Monika

That shirt is so ugly I wouldn’t want it for free. I wouldn’t even walk around house in it. I’m skinny and it has notin’ to do people and weight, but that shirt is just soo ugly. There’s so many hot clothes out here, who’d buy it?

RAchel
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RAchel

Soo ugly? It is just a grey tshirt… I’m pretty sure you own tshirts.

RAchel
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RAchel
Oh and i would like to say, only people who are OBSESSED with weight would be offended by a tshirt like this 🙂 If i saw someone wear this tshirt i wouldn’t think anything of it. It’s like seeing someone wear ‘Small boobies rule’ or ‘i’m with the idiot’. No one ever says ‘omg that tshirt is promoting small boobies, us big chested ladies are so insecure now’. People who get insecure, offended or link this tshirt with anorexia should get themselves checked. It’s not the tshirt that is the problem. As for sophia, i think she simply has nothing… Read more »
charlie
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charlie

RAchel … You are reading and commenting on a post on the skinnyvscurvy website, incase you forgot.. Stop pretending that you are not “OBSESSED” with weight… ANYONE who reads this BS has some weird obsession with weight and celebrity (myself included).. There are obviously more important and stimulating things we could all be doing with our time..

Ellen
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Ellen

Best comment I’ve read on this post, charlie.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Exactly.

Cathy
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Cathy

Amen to that.
Just like the new trend that people on this side try to judge commenters for judging celebrities. Well guess what that site is for , for voicing your opinions. Although since recently some have started to get awfully rude when someone happens to disagree with them.

Casey
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Casey

I personally find all of those t-shirt slogans tasteless, along with “Eat Less.”

No, I don’t think it will encourage anorexia. Anorexia does not work like that. But if I saw a person wearing that shirt, it would make me jump to certain conclusions about their personality which aren’t nice.

Wearing any one of those t-shirt slogans would make me really self-conscious about the persona I’m projecting to others.

Daniel
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Daniel

I love her! She’s sexy and intelligent and most of all, she is a role model I’d want for my kid… Bravo!

Ines
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Ines
mmh, think its an ugly shirt, but I don’t think its supporting being anorexic. think it just should be provocant and thats all. If somebody is wearing this, would you feel adressed? maybe 50% of people could eat less, but still its their own opinion if they take some shirt as an serious influence. If somebody is wearing a shirt with”shut up” you feel adressed to shut up? or “save the whales” save them after read it? I once had one with ” eat me” but I never expected anybody to eat me. you could better start writing letters about… Read more »
kim
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i totally agree! that shirt is terrible, you should NEVER encourage people to eat less/more, as long as you’re healthy, that’s all that’s important! The only thing is that zero may be a small size, but never the less, it is still a size. Why make girls who are a size zero (naturally) feel bad about themselves? I understand trying to make people feel better about not being skinny but not all skinny girls are comfortable with their body, I’d love some curves! We should be worried about ALL girls, skinny and curvy, being comfortable with themselves and healthy.
Katy
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Katy

probably no more insulting than a shirt that says EAT MORE- which I get told most days, even though i’m not really skinny. i wouldn’t buy the shirt, but it does go along with how you lose weight, eat less move more.

jasmine
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jasmine

That is hilarious.

Jessica
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Jessica
I am now officially a fan of Sophia Bush. (I watch One Tree Hill every so often when I’m bored and I had no idea she played Brooke. I also remember the episode about “zero is not a size”) I’m very happy that she stands up for what she believes in and is a very powerful writers. She is also a very beautiful and good actress. Though I think she is overreacting. That being said, I don’t see what the big deal with the t-shirt is. Must everything about weight be criticized? It seems there are rarely any situation where… Read more »
FoofyDoofy
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I love her <3 She is so badass!

Jimena
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Jimena
mm well, i am a 16 yeor old girl, and i started with anorexia since i was 13 or so. Maybe this t.shirt isnt promoting ED but it is making fun of it, it is touching a sensible theme in a lot of teens. I mean, i am sure that if i asked my mom to buy me this shirt she would think it twice, just imagine, if you are overweight and u buy this shirt u are a joke, if you are skinny people would think u are pro ana or something. I think she is brave for making… Read more »
shell
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shell

It’s only a T-shirt, it’s just a slogan, it doesn’t say “Pro-ana” or anything does it? Did Urban outfitters intend for it to be pro-ana? What if the T-shirt had said, “Stuff your face”…. Would that have been equally as bad? I think that people are reading into possible connotations this “Eat less” slogan might have, and possibly they’re not there.

shell
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shell

Oh, and i forget to add….. This is coming from someone who used to have an eating disorder …. Not full blown anorexia, but i exercised excessively, restricted my diet and became underweight. I needed therapy and i had to see my GP every six weeks. All i am saying is, if no one had assumed that this T-shirt had anything to with eating disorders, that it was anything more than just a pointless slogan, i would never have felt offended or thought anything of, tbh.

size0??
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size0??

I think Sophie needs to get off her high horse. Most americans are heavy that is a fact and they want everyone to say “oh its ok to be fat” no its not and some people do need to eat less. Sophie for starters.

shell
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shell

Overweight people do need to eat less, but not Sophie – she appears to be a healthy weight.

Susan
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Susan

Overweight people should eat less and exercise more. Underweight people (that’s an epidemic, too!) should eat more and ALSO watch their health issues more. Sophie looks like she’s got it right, so that comment towards her was completely unnecessary! It just goes to show, people are so used to seeing “super-skinny” as the “norm” that when someone of healthy weight comes around, they are perceived as “fat”. That’s downright scary!

shell
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shell

Yes, agreed! Some people have a completely distorted perception of what a healthy amount of body fat is! I mean, there are certain ethnicites of people in the world who are genetically very slender, but there are also many other people who are not designed to be so thin. Women like Sophie are perfectly healthy, she is nowhere near overweight, and you could ask any health professional to declare that. You’re right, it’s worrying where these people who think that if you’re bigger than a size zero, you are overweight, have got their ideas from.

Katie
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Katie

All it says is EAT LESS. It does not say “starve yourself” or “throw up everyday” or whatever. When, what, more than half of the country is overweight and/or obese, crap like this NEEDS to be said. I imagine that if there was a shirt that said EAT MORE, and somehow it was implied to be aimed at skinnier folks, then I can only assume the smaller peeps would be a little mad, too…

Ellen
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Ellen

Sure it needs to be said, but a T-shirt is an extremely ineffective way of doing so. I mean, just look at the backlash it’s received: people are quick to interpret the slogan as one that is making fun of eating disorders, not one trying to cure obesity.

Susan
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Susan
I, personally, find it ironic that they would put an “Eat Less” shirt on a girl who looks like she already has an eating disorder. She’s skinny, pale, and has no expression. No look of “life” in her eyes. No curves, either. Now look at Sophia’s pic – she looks like she is positively glowing inside and out. THAT is the depiction of HEALTH and BEAUTY. THAT is SEXY! As far as UO is concerned, I couldn’t care less. I don’t shop there to begin with – I feel they are just contributing to the eating disorder CRISIS that this… Read more »
bigvinamac
Guest

why assume the girl in the picture could have an eating disorder? that was wrong.

Susan
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Susan

I pointed out my reasoning for it. If she was just on the thin side, but HEALTHY, she should look more alive and bright. Instead, she looks expressionless, washed out and weak (to me, at least.) I’ve seen thin and healthy – this isn’t it. Again, this is my opinion.

Nicole
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Nicole
I also don’t think the girl in the picture looks ‘healthy’, not to say she has an eating disorder. Sophia also doesn’t look healthy. She looks slighly overweight and the only glow I see is her makeup. And so what if she has ‘life’ in her eyes and is smiling, that could just mean she’s happy. Happy doesn’t mean healthy. I also find nothing wrong with the shirt. The shirt isn’t the problem, it’s America. We can’t walk on eggshells, afraid we’re going to offend someone. Also, why is everyone always so concerned with underweight women and not overweight women?… Read more »
Nicole
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Nicole

Sorry, I meant ‘asbolutely’.

Cathy
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Cathy

You guys really need to realize what “overweight” means. Sophia is a lot of things but overweight she is not. She just happens to be not skinny.

Essence
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Essence
Her expresion-less face has nothing to do with being healthy. You said you dont shop at UO, and I can tell, because if you did, you would know all their models look like that. Thats how most teen retail clothing stores model their clothes, the girl that wear them have weird poses with next to no expression on their face. I’m just saying that the model wearing the shirt and the shirt itself cant really be associated. Go to their site and look at the girls modeling all their clothes, no matter who wore it, you could misconstrue it to… Read more »
Nicole
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Nicole

I understand what overweight means, thank you. I said she looks ‘slightly’ (please read every word so I don’t have to repeat myself) overweight. Slightly, as in not much and you can say she isn’t all you want but I still believe she is.

bigvinamac
Guest

any person with a specific body type can look dead and plain in the face. so i don’t see how can anyone determine healthy just by looking at them? maybe if she was dolled up she will look a lot better.

Lynn
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Lynn

I think this shirt is funny.

blondie
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blondie

oh please, to people who are saying this is a necessary message, since many Americans are overweight! That may be true, but there are better ways to promote a healthy lifestyle than on a t-shirt.. and for that matter, simply “eating less” isn’t the key to health. I find it quite infuriating, that UO would choose to send this message to the young women who shop at their stores.

formerly Sam
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formerly Sam

I support the “Eat less” slogan. After all, the worldwide epidemic is OBESITY, not anorexia. Millions and millions of people would benefit from eating less.
And I kinda like the irony of UO. They know their costumers are mostly thin, so they’re appealing to their vanity, don’t you think? Whoever decides to wear this t-shirt, will be feeling narcissistic and important if he/she is indeed thin, and funny and confident if he/she is overweight.
Whatever lol I love Sophia and I like the fact that she speaks her mind, even though that shirt isn’t a big deal.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

I don’t think this shirt will persuade young girls to become anorexic but I do think it is irresponsible for them to use this slogan. Of all the things they could have chosen…

Lisa
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Lisa

lol this again. Who cares, it’s a stupid piece of fabric. I don’t care if everyone and their brother is a fatty, chances are people like that aren’t going to see a shirt and decide that they should put down the fork. Some people won’t even listen to their doctor’s advice, what makes anyone think they’ll listen to a shallow corporation?

Ellen
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Ellen

“what makes anyone think they’ll listen to a shallow corporation?”

…..let alone a T-SHIRT!

Agreed.

Anna
Member

I think she’s taking it a litttlllee too far. A lot of people can benefit from eating less. There would be less waste, and the obesity epidemic would probably diminish. Personally, I could care less about the shirt, it’s neither cute nor ugly, just kinda bland. I also think America could benefit from changing sizing from 0 and up to ACTUAL sizes. For example, I’m a size 25″, it’s sounds a lot healthier than being like I’m size “0”. 0 technically doesn’t’ exist… nothing more than a wisp of air! lol

Susan
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Susan
Anna – I agree about clothing sizes, whole-heartedly. “ZERO” technically is not a size. And no, that’s not a shot at naturally slender people. It’s a shot at the industry, because their sizing charts make no sense. Someone shouldn’t have to say “I’m a size 0” – that’s equal to saying, “I’m a size nothing. I have no size.” At the same time, no one should have to say, “I’m a plus size”, either. Who says? It’s not like they have “minus sizes” for underweight people, so why “plus sizes”, implying all who wear those are “fat”? Not all “plus-sizes”… Read more »
Lisa
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Lisa

I bought jeans at the Gap that were 00’s and I was like, umm… Whatever fits, I guess, but it’s weird to see that number on a label. I like when they label jeans w/ waist sizes too. It’s less embarrassing to say you’re a 24 inch waist than to say you wear size 0! I always feel like the people at the store are judging me. lol. :\

natalie
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natalie

nobody cares what size you are, you self-absorbed idiot

Sonya
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Sonya

haha, totally!

Casey
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Casey

Boy, you’re one big ball of bitter.

snoops
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snoops

apparantly you care enough to comment

what is with the MEAN comments lately? There is no reason to call other posters stupid/idiots etc for just speaking their mind

Lisa
Guest
Lisa

LOL, do you know where you are?

Nay
Guest

I think she may have gone way overboard with this letter however the message on the tshirt does seem wrong to me AND they could use at least a healthy looking model but come on this girl does look like a walking campaigh pro anorexia, even her face looks ill!

O
Guest

i love her!!!

Nay
Guest

It almost seems like they did it on purpose as a publicity stunt I mean i’m from south america and I’ve never heard of the brand until now. My point: I don’t know what their intentions were but sure wasn’t innocent and clueless of people’s reaction

Crittle
Guest
Crittle

UO obviously meant this to be provocative. What they are trying to do is promote themselves as edgy. Controversy is trendy right now because it garners so much attention.

suzushii
Guest
suzushii

The shirt would only make it easier for me to pick off idiots (after all, whoever wore that, is probably one).

It also makes it easier for me to avoid companies that would use such inflammatory words to sell a shirt. They KNOW it can be interpreted as pro-ana. And they did it anyways. I’m all for furthering your business, but if there’s a hell the designers are going there.

Essence
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Essence

Oh please, they’re going to hell because they said “eat less” on a t-shirt?? You’re overreacting like the Sophia chick.

gabrielle
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gabrielle

outrageous indeed!!! these suggestions are pure garbage! OMG i can’t believe this t-shirt is actually going to be available in shops! outrageous!
PS: and the girl from the advertisement…she looks bad, exhausted, with black circles around her eyes, if that’s what “eat less” means, who the effin’ would wanna look like that?

Casey
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Casey

While her view of eating disorders is rather mainstream and flawed (anorexia is not caused by shirts telilng you to eat less), I do agree with her. The idea of the shirt is rather tasteless. And I don’t quite understand who would even buy it. If a chubby person buys it, it’s kind of sad. And if a skinny person buys it, you’d think they had an eating disorder. I don’t know about most people, but I don’t like being pitied nor being accused of having a mental disorder that I don’t have.

ellentjie
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ellentjie

Can’t believe they made a shirt like that and thought it was cool to sell

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