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Oct 28, 2014 5:34 PM

Walmart gaffe labels plus size costumes as "Fat Girl Costumes"


CONCORD - Walmart makes a huge Halloween gaffe by categorizing some of its costumes on its website under the heading "Fat Girl Costumes."

As you can imagine, the blunder lit up social media.

Eating disorder therapist Ruth Elliott in Concord isn't surprised. She says negative messages like this are constantly undermining womens' body images.

She said, "I think using the word fat for a women's size, what we consider women's sized clothing, sends a message that's really negative. What I see on my end is it makes them feel worse. It sets them up to have a standard that's unachievable for most women or most people."

Unrealistic standards that can sometimes affect women for life.

Elliott said, "It can cause them to start dieting and wanting to change their bodies, which then sets them up for this roller coaster failure because diets don't work."

Walmart did apologize on Monday saying, "This never should have been on our site. it is unacceptable, and we apologize. We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again."

The retail giant did remove the "Fat Girl Costumes" heading and replaced it with "Women's Plus Size Halloween Costumes."

But Elliott says even the fix is flawed, "What if all the women's clothing were together and there's children's clothing. And to not really draw attention to the fact that these are for larger people, which sends a message that you are not enough if you are wearing a larger size."


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