Clothes for overweight and underweight people should be banned from most stores, to make people feel uncomfortable about their size when they can’t find anything to fit them.

This is the view of R+B pop singer Jamelia Niela Davis, 34, expressed on ITV show Loose Women, who said that extreme size clothes for the obese and the very thin should only be available in specialist shops, to “shame” people into doing something about their size. (Suppose they can’t?)

The singer’s ill-conceived comments drew criticism for muddled thinking from some women who pointed out that she had joined the SelfieEsteem programme, which encourages women to be confident about their looks. This drew the response from Ms Davis, who likes to describe herself as “brutally honest”, that she was “misunderstood”.

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