Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Macy’s removes plates after customers complain they promote ‘eating disorders’

Macy’s Department Stores is receiving sharp backlash for selling a brand of plates that some believe promote unhealthy eating behaviors. The “Pourtions” plate outline three circles that are labeled as “mom jeans,” “favorite jeans” and “skinny jeans.” According to the website, these outlined suggestions of how much food to put on your plate are a “humorous healthy way to watch what you eat drink.” On the Pourtions website, a description for the plate reads, “Research shows that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. So, to keep you from overindulging, our tableware collection provides helpful —and hilarious—visual cues. It’ll spice up your dinner table, and your conversation. We’ll save a seat at the table for you.” That’s not how many customers were interpreting the message, though. Alie Ward’s post on Twitter went viral and ultimately caught the department store’s attention. Comments flooded in criticizing the plates, saying they were body shaming some and promoting eating disorders. “Oh, for heavens sake Macys. Promote eating disorders much?? This is unacceptable.”It didn’t take long to catch Macy’s attention and the company issued a response. “Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product,” a spokesperson posted. “It will be removed from all STORY at Macy’s locations.”

Macy’s Department Stores is receiving sharp backlash for selling a brand of plates that some believe promote unhealthy eating behaviors.

The “Pourtions” plate outline three circles that are labeled as “mom jeans,” “favorite jeans” and “skinny jeans.” According to the website, these outlined suggestions of how much food to put on your plate are a “humorous healthy way to watch what you eat drink.”

On the Pourtions website, a description for the plate reads, “Research shows that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. So, to keep you from overindulging, our tableware collection provides helpful —and hilarious—visual cues. It’ll spice up your dinner table, and your conversation. We’ll save a seat at the table for you.”

That’s not how many customers were interpreting the message, though.

Alie Ward’s post on Twitter went viral and ultimately caught the department store’s attention.

Comments flooded in criticizing the plates, saying they were body shaming some and promoting eating disorders.

“Oh, for heavens sake Macys. Promote eating disorders much?? This is unacceptable.”

Oh, for heavens sake @Macys. Promote eating disorders much?? This is unacceptable.

— Pixel’sMom (@LizAdams5) July 21, 2019

It didn’t take long to catch Macy’s attention and the company issued a response.

“Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product,” a spokesperson posted. “It will be removed from all STORY at Macy’s locations.”

Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product. It will be removed from all STORY at Macy’s locations.

— Macy’s (@Macys) July 22, 2019

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