6.08.2010

Urban Outfitters Pulls Shirt . . .

. . . after pressure that it encourages eating disorders.
What?
Mrs. Obama and I have been trying to combat obesity for years, and now it's politically incorrect to have a T-shirt that reads "Eat Less"? Really? What's it supposed to be replaced with? "Eat More"? "Have Another Cheeseburger?"
I'm finally agreeing with you commentors, the country is going down the tubes.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the main eating disorder in this country is OVEReating! How stupid!

Anonymous said...

Every time Urban Outfitters has a drop in sales they do something they know will be controversial and then come out and apologize. It is not about the message on the shirt! They could care less. It’s about free advertizing.

Anonymous said...

I have a HUGE problem with you people and your response to this. Until an eating disorder has affected you or your child, you have no clue about the devestation they can cause. My daughter's anorexia began in high school. She lost so much weight they were 4 lbs from hospitalizing her for IV treatment. She had to give up sports because she didn't have the strength to run without fainting. Yet, her disorder wouldn't let her eat or quit exercising, even when the physician told her NO MORE EXERCISING. She sneaked around and did it anyway. You have NO IDEA of the hopelessness and helplessness a parent feels, when your child is literally withering away before your eyes. In treatment we were made aware of girls who actually DIED from their bodies digesting their heart muscles when there was nothing else to digest. Thank God and years and years of counseling, my daughter went through both anorexia, then bulemia, and now is in good health and of a normal weight. I thank God every day we avoided death or debilitation. At her college orientation, the university reported to the whole group that 1 out of 4 young people today suffer from an eating disorder of some degree. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF, PEOPLE. I am aware of the dangers of obesity, but do not for a second discount the dangers of eating too little. When young girls DIE in their teens and twenties from this stuff, it's pretty damn dire. Young girls need to be told they're beautiful as they are, that you don't need to all be a size 4 to be pretty, and that it's ok to be healthy and well-rounded. BEfore you go off criticizing something you haven't lived through, you might want to consider the FACTS about the severity of eating disorders.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I already ordered on of these shirts and had it direct-shipped to the gal below.

-Fake Barry Green

Anonymous said...

Bone Splinter

Anonymous said...

Why make a t-shirt that says anything? I don't know why clothing has to necessarily make a statement. It's not like I'm going to read the shirt and think, "okay, I'll eat less."

Anonymous said...

A shirt doesn't need to address a person's eating habits at all. There's no need for the constant focus on eating. It's thrown at our youth enough as it is! That's NOT what's important in life.

Anonymous said...

How bout, "Eat Healthy"?

The Devil said...

Maybe Americans do need to eat less in general, but the gal in the pic needs a couple of trips to Herd Burger.

Anonymous said...

12:24 sez: "I have a HUGE problem with you people and your response to this. Until an eating disorder has affected you or your child, you have no clue about the devestation they can cause. My daughter's anorexia began in high school."

People like this make my hair hurt. The whole world does not revolve around your failings as a parent.

Shirt should have read, Eat Less Move More.

It's that simple.

wordkyle said...

I generally don't follow advice given to me by a t-shirt. If I did I'd still be truckin'.

Anonymous said...

A physical condition is not a "failing as a parent" you moron. Why don't you spend more time researching the issue and less time showing your ignorance?

Anonymous said...

It's a shirt people

Anonymous said...

Word...LOL
Keep on truckin' baby!

Anonymous said...

I think this is a real issue.....however when you research the subject kids in 3rd world countries, don't have anorexia. Isn't it interesting when you want food you can't get it and when you can get food you either want too much or none at all. Food suck and Americans teenager are just weird. And yes I have that daughter that is either eating too little or too much so don't throw darts at me.

Jack Daniels said...

Bee healthy------eat your honey!

Anonymous said...

Parents are always the ones to blame.

Anonymous said...

Eating disorders are not about food! Being skinny is being perfect. Just look at all the models, Hollywood stars and examples teenage girls look to for body image!

BG always comments on being on some kind of diet and isn't a good role model for being healthy. He is not comfortable with his body image.

Parents are not to blame but a society that places more importance on body image than inner beauty and being healthy is to blame for eating disorders that can end in early death.

All who comment on how big a girl butts or legs are, are part of the problem. Eat Less is not a good motto for any clothing item. I'm glad it was pulled.


If you guys have a perfect body, then perhaps you can comment but if you don't, don't expect women to be perfect.

Anonymous said...

BG are you not comfortable with your body image? Or are you simply trying to have a healthy lifestyle?

Please people, most of the tubby teens could stand to loose a few, they should have made the shirt in smalls only. Matter of fact they should NOT make clothing in larges period. Maybe that would cause americans to stop indulging their inner fat kid and shape up so they can waste their money on clothes that can actually look good on a body. NO MORE LARGES!!!! EAT LESS!!!

Anonymous said...

7:08 excellent points. Our society puts far too much emphasis on weight and being skinny, and that is my major complaint with this blog. Yes, I continue to read it for the comments, but the emphasis on perfect women's bodies is extremely disturbing. Until you've witnessed the heartbreak young girls go through trying to be perfect, you can't imagine the pain and self-doubt that's involved.

9:51 You are a true and complete idiot and must truly be a very very shallow person indeed.

wordkyle said...

951 et al - Not a lot of tolerance for those who don't fit your idea of what's "right." I hate to choose (note to 951: "loose" is how clothes hang on you when you're too skinny) sides in this kind of thing, but here's my opinion on how some people need to modify their diets. (Following my suggestion increases one's tolerance for other people's physical imperfections.)

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

LOL... just thinking about the people bagging on the fat kids... for every story you tell me about parents indulging fat kids, I will tell you two about parents indulging skinny little spoiled brats.