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Jamelia slammed for her comments about 'unhealthy' plus-sized fashions

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 23/04/2015

Size matters: Loose Women star Jamelia
Size matters: Loose Women star Jamelia
Paula McIntyre
Leesa Harker

Two plus-sized personalities from Northern Ireland have branded a Loose Women panellist irresponsible after her comments about extra large clothes in high street shops.

During a discussion on the availability of trendy clothes in bigger sizes, Jamelia shocked viewers by saying that extra large or super skinny clothes should only be available in specialist outlets. The star advocated that high street brands shouldn't stock items under a size six or over a size 20, saying: "I do not think it's right to facilitate living an unhealthy lifestyle, in the same way I don't think that a size zero should be available."

Jamelia went on to slam larger women by saying: "They should be made to feel uncomfortable when they go in and can't find a certain size."

Local author and playwright Leesa Harker, herself a size 16-18, has blasted the singer for alienating people solely because of their looks.

"What happens if a person is very small or very tall?" said the 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue creator.

"What happens if a girl is a size 12 but has to wear an 18 because she has big boobs and can't get anything smaller to fit? That's happened to me too.

"Being bigger doesn't mean you're unhealthy. I'm a size 16-18 and I can outrun friends who are much thinner than me."

Leesa added: "It's hard for young people today as they're under so much pressure about their looks. I can remember being in my 20s and finding it so difficult to find trendy clothes to fit. When you try something on and can't get into it, it makes you miserable."

Celebrity chef and food writer Paula McIntyre also felt the comments were inappropriate.

"I work with food and I'm quite big but I eat healthily and often work on my feet all day," said Paula.

But it was the negative effect they could have for young people that concerned her the most.

"I think what Jamelia said was irresponsible - there was no thinking about consequences here," she said.

"Teenagers who struggle with body image can be affected by comments like that. It's sending out all the wrong messages for young people and it's hard enough being a teenager."

Jamelia later apologised on Good Morning Britain and over Twitter if her comments were misunderstood but emphasised that she was talking about extremes and that she stood by what she had said.

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