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Jamelia slammed over sizes comment

Published 21/04/2015 | 17:56

Jamelia said High Street stores should not stock bigger sizes
Jamelia said High Street stores should not stock bigger sizes

Loose Women panellist Jamelia has sparked controversy after saying that shops should not stock clothes for bigger women.

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In a discussion about overweight teenagers, the former singer, 34, said that she was "all for celebrating people as they are".

But she told the ITV show: "I do not think it's right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.

"In the same way (that) I don't believe that a size zero should be available, it's not a healthy size for an average woman to be."

She added: "I don't believe they (High Street stores) should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.

"Yes, have specialist shops but you should feel uncomfortable if you are unhealthy....to be available in every High Street store, I don't think that's right."

Viewers criticised her comments on Twitter.

Josie Lawson wrote: "Lost all respect for Jamelia after her comments about plus size clothing. Not all people who are a 'plus size' live an unhealthy lifestyle."

Katie Angharad Jones wrote: " Used to love Jamelia but after today's Loose Women I've lost all respect! There's enough pressure to be a size eight as it is! #disgusting."

Meanwhile, the show's guest Gino D'Acampo said that he had been banned from giving the panellists a peck on the cheek.

"The producers said do not kiss anyone because you waste too much time," the chef said.

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