Do you agree with Sophia Bush that Urban Outfitters promotes unhealthy body images?
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  • Nicole - 6 years ago

    This is so stupid. America does need to eat less. There is a lot more obesity than there is anorexia.

    And it's just a shirt. It doesn't say "Starve yourself." It only says "Eat less."

    Personally I like the shirt and feel like wearing it could help as a reminder for those dieting who actually need to lose weight.

    Ever heard of "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me?" YOU give words the power they have. This is so stupid. Surely there is something more important that needs more attention than a flippin' shirt.

    GROW UP!

  • Gabby Lipman - 7 years ago

    Erin Freeby, you are taking this out of context. if whomever designed this shirt was thinking about people who don't have enough food, then it is still a very bad choice of words. No one - or shirt for that matter, should be able to tell people what to do, without reason. if this shirt really was asking for people to eat less so others in need can have more, it wouldn't have been done like this. You can't expect society to assume that this shirt was printed in support of the less fortunate when the world, now more than ever, suffers from body issues. Anorexia and bulimia are DISEASES. that is what you, unfortunately, seem to forget. whether girls are starving themselves or eating and trowing up, its not by choice. So having you say something as ignorant as "some of these girls with eating disorders are eating food just to throw it up when there are people in the rest of the world who would give anything to access enough food TO THROW UP" is PATHETIC. If these shirts really were a way for young members of society to learn about donating food and being educated about poverty, it would have been connected with an organization or Urban Outfitters would have donated a portion of every sold shirt towards food for people who need it. Having a super skinny girl support a shirt saying "eat less" in a store who's biggest customer base comes from adolescents is wrong in every way. wether you weigh 80 pounds or 250 pounds, a world-wide company like this IS NOT one to tell society how to eat. Re-evaluate your argument please, because in my opinion, its people like you who make people feel lesser when they should be feeling confident.

    Gabrielle Lipman.

  • Erin Freeby - 7 years ago

    I think we are beyond only dealing with anorexia and young girls here. I think that there are many positive images making their way into young girls' heads--more-so now than ever even in the light of the fashion industry--while the statement "eat less" on a shirt being worn by an emaciated model does have a negative light--that issue should be one for the models themselves.... or the fact that yes, urban outfitters SHOULD carry larger, healthier sizes for the larger, healthier people that we are. But in fact, the models should be larger and healthier. The store should promote larger, healthier sizes. But in all actuality, as spoiled Americans.... we SHOULD 'eat less', and in a world view that message is good and healthy. We freak out about someone being too skinny and body image and eating disorders here in a country where most of us can access more food, or even... forgive me but--some of these girls with eating disorders are eating food just to throw it up when there are people in the rest of the world who would give anything to access enough food TO THROW UP. So, ya, there is a disparity here in the message, it is too simple to shed light on a real world issue... but I think we are being sheltered and overreacting by asking to eliminate it. Eating disorders are real, and one of my best friends almost died because of one. But at the same time, we need to acknowledge everything going on. People are also still starving, while the healthy western world seems to be gorging--eating disorders or not. Urban Outfitters is too trendy for me, but I don't think that the particular message on a shirt is outrageous. We can't look at it in a narrow-western-mindedness. Life is not so simple for anyone.

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