Forever 21 apologises for sending diet bars with plus-size clothing orders

Executives at Forever 21 have apologised for sending diet bars with plus-size clothing orders.In recent days, a number of unimpressed customers have taken to Twitter to share their concern over receiving a sample Atkins Lemon snack bar with their order…

Executives at Forever 21 have apologised for sending diet bars with plus-size clothing orders.

In recent days, a number of unimpressed customers have taken to Twitter to share their concern over receiving a sample Atkins Lemon snack bar with their order, with many noting that they had purchased plus-size clothing online.

Critics accused the label of appearing to body-shame customers, and on Tuesday, bosses issued a statement apologising for any offence caused by the promotion.

“From time to time, Forever 21 surprises our customers with free test products from third parties in their e-commerce orders,” they said. “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 apologise for any offense this may have caused to our customers, as this was not our intention in any way.”

While the Atkins Lemon bar is not labelled as a weight loss product, the company is known for the Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate eating plan devised by Dr. Robert Atkins.

In light of the feedback, a representative for the Atkins brand also released a statement and claimed that the company was “focused on a lifestyle nutritional approach where everyone can benefit from overall health and wellbeing.”

However, it seems that bosses at Forever 21 are going to have to do some serious damage control, as several customers have used social media to express their anger at receiving the free bar.

One user commented, “@Forever21 why are you sending out Atkins bars with your plus-size orders? It’s hella fatphobic, insensitive, and harmful to everyone involved. Diet culture continues to thrive because of companies like you who ‘subtly’ shove it down people’s throats. please address this,” while another added: “Apparently @Forever21 sends out Atkins bars with all of its orders, which sends a wildly dangerous message to ALL of its customers. Not only is it fatshaming, it could also trigger people of all sizes who have EDs (eating disorders). This is as dangerous as it is inappropriate.”

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James Corden no longer eats meat

James Corden decided to give up eating red meat after reading about cruelty to elephants. The Late Late Show with James Corden host has explained in an interview with Britain’s Radio Times magazine that he stopped eating meat after being put off by wh…

James Corden decided to give up eating red meat after reading about cruelty to elephants.

The Late Late Show with James Corden host has explained in an interview with Britain’s Radio Times magazine that he stopped eating meat after being put off by what he read about the abuse of elephants at the end of last year (17).

“At Christmas, I read a story about the mistreatment of elephants and realised I was upset about animal welfare while eating a bacon sandwich,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, you really can’t be upset about elephants and not think about the pigs.’ I hope I can keep it up. I will certainly try.”

The 39-year-old also plans to adopt a vegetarian diet by cutting out fish as well.

“I’m going to try to phase out fish next. It’s going to be a gradual process,” he added.

The British star, who is currently starring in heist movie Ocean’s 8, may now have a healthier lifestyle, but he still cannot resist eating bread. In a recent interview with The Sun, he described baked goods as his “nemesis”.

“They delivered this basket of warm, fresh bread and we’re like, ‘It’s happening, we’re doing it. Who are we trying to kid?'” he joked. “It’s our nemesis, it’s out to destroy us!”

James relocated to Los Angeles with his wife Julia and their two children Max and Carey at the start of 2015 after he was hired to front The Late Late Show, and he lost six stone (38 kilograms) by employing a personal trainer and changing his diet ahead of his new job.

“I’ve cut out sugar and bread, and only eat at mealtimes now. I didn’t realise before that it wasn’t O.K. to constantly graze all day, that this wasn’t a thing and that it was frowned upon,” he told The Daily Mirror newspaper in 2015.

James and Julia have since welcomed a third child, a daughter named Charlotte, who was born in December.

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Feed your face for better skin

Stuffing our faces isn’t usually a problem, but we’re not talking greasy takeaways or sugary treats.Beauty isn’t just about what you put on your skin, but also about what you put into you body. There’s no point spending hundreds on a miracle cream,…

Stuffing our faces isn’t usually a problem, but we’re not talking greasy takeaways or sugary treats.

Beauty isn’t just about what you put on your skin, but also about what you put into you body. There’s no point spending hundreds on a miracle cream, only to run on a diet of food that contains none of the good stuff. By all means feel free to “treat yo’self” every once in a while, but there’s a host of skin-boosting foods that will help you reach your goal of a flawless complexion sooner rather than later. Whether your problem is fine lines, spots or dark circles, there’s a foodie solution for you.

Read on for tips on how to eat better for your skin.

Dark circles beneath the eyes

Tackling dark circles starts with every beauty expert’s top tip – drink plenty of water, a minimum of one and a half litres per day. And if your eye baggage is really causing you problems, cook up plenty of potassium and magnesium-rich foods in the form of leafy greens such as Swiss chard, dark cabbage and kale – together with autumnal squashes, and sweet potato (skin on). And instead of sweet treats, pick citrus fruits and papayas for afters.

Eat celery to calm puffiness

Puffy skin is usually due to fluid retention, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol.

So chow down on natural diuretic foods like fennel, celery, cucumber and chicory to rid the body of extra fluid or salt. Just add them into a salad with your favourite protein source.

Fats for frown lines

Colder temperatures are notoriously tough on our complexions, with indoor heating an additional stressor, leaving skin dryer and lines more noticeable. Plump them up by adding skin-friendly fats from plant oils such as olive, rapeseed and flax to juices or smoothies. Or stash a bottle of good-quality olive oil in your desk draw for drizzling over a lunchtime bowl of soup.

Oily fish for flaking skin

Omega-3 is the queen of fatty acids but it can be difficult to get enough into your diet, especially if you’re not a fish eater. Combined with a great moisturiser, these fatty acids will disappear your flaky patches leaving you with smooth, supple skin ready to apply your foundation.

Beauty experts recommend boosting your Omega-3 intake with oily fish such as herring, mackerel, pilchard, sardine, salmon and tuna. And if you’re vegan, flaxseed and rapeseed oils contain a similar essential fatty acid profile, so just add to salads and juices.

Smoothies for a spotty T-zone

Sugar certainly doesn’t help when it comes to breakouts, but as well as cutting back on the sweet stuff, spot sufferers should aim to eat more alkaline-forming foods such as asparagus, celery and endive together with hedgerow berries, fresh grapefruit, lemons and limes which can help keep the area across the forehead, down the nose and over the chin calm and clear. The easiest way to get the healthy stuff into your diet is to make a tasty green juice using ingredients like peeled pink grapefruit, spinach, asparagus and celery stalks.

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