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Obesity Helplines on Garment Tags- A Good Idea?

A group of British health professionals have recently proposed a change to the clothing tags of all plus size clothing sold for men, women and children. The change? They want to start printing an obesity helpline number that the plus size consumer can call for advice on how to lose weight.

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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
that is a horrid idea!! totally warped!!! i would be ticked if I saw that while shopping!!
tundrababe tundrababe 10 years
Only if they put an anorexic hotline on size 0! No, seriously, this is the worst idea ever.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
Jeez, they should put warning labels on all the gothic cr*p at Hot Topic then. Like a suicide hotline.
winterbride07 winterbride07 10 years
I'm not overweight but I think this is wrong on so many levels. First of all, when are people going to realize that all of the focus on diet, weight loss, and obesity is part of the reason that this country as a whole is so overweight! Just think about the fact that we spend BILLIONS of dollars a year on diet products, diet foods, etc...yet we're getting bigger every year! Ugh, it annoys me. Second, nobody has a right to comment to anyone else's appearance. It's none of their business! And I don't believe for a second that these warnings come from concern over people's health. Please. If they were concerned about public health, they'd take all of the chemicals out of our foods - like corn syrup, which is addicting and turns to fat in the body. Sorry for the tangent. Bottom line - this is ridiculous.
riotgeek riotgeek 10 years
Retarded in the extreme. It's not like fat people are unaware of their size.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I guess walking into a plus size shop isn't humiliating enough :oy:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I can tell you right now...When I go clothes shopping as it is I usually end up not eating the rest of that day. Then I am depressed for a couple more days and then I am back to normal. Obesity is not like being keep the hlep line for people with problems and lose this riduclaous idea of a obesity help line. I am obese. I probably give myself a look of digust atleast once daily in the mirror...and that is many less than other people give me on a daily basis. Being obese is unhealthy, but it isn't criminal. And it isn't something for which I need a helpline. I like all other obese people know they need to lose weight. Why do you think the pharmaceutical industries/herbal supplement industries/fad diet inventors/self-help book authors make soo much money? because a lot of us who are obese are desperate for a way to change. Everytime I see someone on the subway who looks at me and decides to sit somehwere else makes me cry inside, and it is all i think about all day. Sorry for going off. I would so sign up for the fit contest if I lived in NY because I can't afford a gym membership as it is. blah. poo to others thinking I am not a fine person no matter what my weight.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Interesting point uberchic, but it cigarettes and alcohol are things you put in your body and this commenting on your body. I know the idea is to get people to put less food in their body, but I think the label would hurt more than help.
uberchic uberchic 10 years
I'll be the only one that says that I am all for this... There are warnings on packs of cigarettes...there are warnings on bottles of alcohol... there are warnings on just about everything! I'm just speaking from experience on two counts. I've been down the "severely overweight" road now turned "normal"...I've been down the road as a smoker for 15 years now ex-smoker. As humans, it is all too easy for us to bury our heads...we know that smoking can kill us...we know drinking and driving can kill us...and know we know that eating ourselves into obesity can kill us... Just a thought - take it for what it is worth ;)
tra tra 10 years
I'd flip if that was on my tag! I'm considered overweight since I am about 10 lbs. over my "healthy" BMI. But guess what...if I was the lowest number considered healthy by BMI...I'd look sickly, I used to be a "healthy" weight and with my build I looked like I didn't eat!
luv_my_junk luv_my_junk 10 years
What's next then...warning labels on foods (say oreos for example-which I ♥ !) that say, Consuming more than the recommended daily allowance, may lead to obesity...? Helplines on clothes are absurd! I am a size 14-I am not hardly obese, thick, but not obese! I'd be p*ssed! That would be retail suicide if any store carried them.
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
That's mean! If I were in that position I'd be extremely hurt. It's already a painful experience buying clothes even if you are only slightly overweight, why make it worse?
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I say keep the government out of my PANTS!!! I am with you whiplash girl - buying pants is a seriously emotional roller coaster ride. No one I know has a good time doing that. Even my friends that seem to have great legs.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Good call, DRC. Seriously. What a horrible idea this is! I'm not even plus-sized (yet) and buying clothes is torture for me because of how much weight I've gained. If I tried on something with a weight loss hotline number on it, I'd burst into tears right there in the dressing room.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I agree Dchic. This is so rude and ridiculous. I would be extremely insulted.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Hey blonde!!! This is just complete crap that someone would even think of such an invention.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
LOL Dchic!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Wow, that would be completely messed up. The might as well go the other route too and put "Warning: MUST EAT" on clothes that are a 2 and below!
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I think it's awful. I imagine most people with weight issues are aware of the health risks already and don't need to be reminded like that. I also heard from someone that they wanted to put them on sizes 12 and up. In my opinion, size 12 is hardly obese!
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
Some people can't help it. It is their body type and yet they are being called Obese? SEriously?! Who would do that? Anyways... That is my thought on the matter. ~Melissa~
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Oh, wow. Way to make people feel like shite! LOL I can't imagine anyone would actually get motivation from that...? I don't know.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i would be pissed!
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