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Urban Outfitters Is Apparently Pro-Anorexia…

June 8, 2010

Jean Ziegler wrote in The Right to Food for the U.N. that “on average, 62 million people die each year, of whom probably 36 million (58 per cent) directly or indirectly as a result of nutritional deficiencies, infections, epidemics or diseases which attack the body when its resistance and immunity have been weakened by undernourishment and hunger.”

Just to put that into perspective – 36 million people is equivalent to the entire population of California.  That many people each year.

At the same time that hundreds of millions of people are still living with hunger there are over a billion overweight and obese people in the world.

Of course being overweight can still mean undernourishment, but I think we can all see the disconnect here.  …especially when you look at the amount of food that is thrown away, uneaten, in the US each day (over $70,000,000), or the amount of money that is spent on weight-loss products each day (over $60,000,000 in the US).

So obviously it seems like the right time for Urban Outfitters to sell t-shirts reminding girls to “Eat Less” by choice.

Somehow I don’t think Urban Outfitters has taken the global food crisis cause to heart.  …or the American anorexia and teen body image crisis either.

They do take bad publicity to heart, and the t-shirts were removed from their website.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. vhively permalink
    July 12, 2010 9:10 am

    Seeing as how I’m fat, that kind of stings. But if I saw someone wearing that shirt, I would probably eat them, seeing as how they way less than a cheese sandwich does.

  2. pumpkincat210 permalink
    July 12, 2010 9:46 am

    OMG!! Eat healthier idiots!

  3. Lydia permalink
    July 12, 2010 10:54 pm

    My older sister is a recent survivor of anorexia. Seeing that shirt makes me want to sue them.
    Do they not realize how many women, girls, boys, and men go through eating disorders?
    True, eating HUGE portions is unhealthy. But do they have to write Eat Less on a shirt? god.

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