Shoppers seeking XL excluded from Abercrombie stores
EUGENE, Ore. -- The internet is buzzing about comments from Abercrombie and Fitch CEO about only wanting "thin and beautiful-looking" people to shop at his stores.
The comments were made after an interview about why Abercrombie and Fitch doesn't stock women's XL or XXL sizes in their stores.
In an interview with The Business Insider, retail industry analyst Robin Lewis said Abercrombie CEO Mike Jefferies' decision was intentionally exclusionary.
"He doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people," Lewis told The Business Insider.
Abercrombie and Fitch only carries women's clothes up to a size ten (or a large), but people working in retail said the average size of a woman in the U.S. is actually 14.
Pediatrician Dr. Pilar Bradshaw helps many of her patients to create a healthy body image, and told KVAL News the numbers are not helpful for young people who are excluded from those sizes.
"I tell young people you shouldn't be weighing yourself every day. You shouldn't be obsessively trying on that one pair of jeans that you know just how it fits," said Dr. Bradshaw.
While the company is attempting to appeal to a certain type of shopper, many say they are criticize of store's standard of beauty.
"A very small percentage of our population looks that way so we're setting ourselves up to be really unhappy and as a result really unhealthy," said Dr. Bradshaw.
For some comparison, similar stores like H&M and American Eagle carry sizes up to 18.