Some Plus-Size Forever 21 Shoppers Received Diet Bars With Their Orders

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Several Forever 21 customers have taken to social media to share their outrage over an unexpected bonus item that arrived with their recent online orders. The item in question? Diet bars from the weight loss brand Atkins. The retail giant reportedly distributed the bars as part of an ongoing promotion, but several plus-size shoppers pointed out the less-than-ideal optics of that particular marketing decision.
One person called out the brand directly on Twitter: “Hey @forever21 do you include weight loss Atkin bars in all your shipments or just in the ones for ladies over 1X?”
Many raised concerns about a major company like Forever 21 sending diet products to its customers, especially if those people are struggling with their body image or recovering from eating disorders.
“Apparently @Forever21 sends out Atkins bars with all of its orders, which sends a wildly dangerous message to ALL of its customers,” Samantha Puc, an editor and writer, said on Twitter. “Not only is it fat shaming, it could also trigger people of all sizes who have [eating disorders]. This is as dangerous as it is inappropriate.”
The fast fashion retailer responded with a statement to Refinery29 about the controversy.
“From time to time, Forever 21 surprises our customers with free test products from third parties in their e-commerce orders,” the brand explained. “The freebie items in question were included in all online orders, across all sizes and categories, for a limited time and have since been removed. This was an oversight on our part and we sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused to our customers, as this was not our intention in any way.”

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