Heart Health: Does Torrid fashion promote unhealthy behavior?

The Torrid Lie

Around late last year I discovered this store called Torrid, a store for plus-sized women. Their focus: instead of focusing on numbers, they changed the numbers of plus sized clothes. So if you were a size 12, you would be a size 0 and so on. While the intent seemed right, I find something ultimately wrong with this picture. I understand many women desire to wear smaller sizes and tend to focus and be discouraged by numbers. I get this. However, I also feel that lying to women with a sales goal is a tad immoral.

The number didn’t change my REAL size

When I first went into Torrid, I was encouraged. But then it hit me. The number on these clothes did not change my REAL size. And shopping in a plus-sized store was not an option for me. Never was. I have always shied away from plus-sized stores. And with Torrid, the clothes may be labeled a 0, 2 or whatever, but in reality, they are still a 12, 14, or 16. And putting on anything above what was considered past a size 0 was not my option.

And this poses the question. Do we deter our brains from reality with false sizes? Is this healthy?

I get it. Weight loss can be hard.

There are many who have a hard time losing weight. I was one of those people. I worked my butt off in the gym, but if I didn’t stick with it or stick with a rigorous exercise program, weight loss was super hard. So I don’t want to discredit those who are trying or those who have general health factors making it harder to lose weight.


With hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity linked so closely with death and other health issues being overweight is something that we can no longer ignore. In fact, here are some other things that may prompt you to think twice:

  • I recently read that high blood pressure can be a predetermining factor for Alzheimer’s
  • High blood pressure can also be linked to kidney failure. And watching my step-father go through dialysis (and it’s complications) for years, the question to ask is if a McDonald’s hamburger is really worth it.
  • This is not only an elderly issue
  • Being skinny is not the same thing as being healthy. Thin people also suffer from health issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

It’s personal

We watch too many of our family members and friends die of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. In fact, you may be the sufferer. And there are times where these things could be prevented or managed. However, it’s up to us.

We have to make healthier choices – both for ourselves and others. We have to demonstrate and encourage healthy behaviors. These behaviors include both food choice and exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to totally have to give up the foods you love, but you may want to limit how much you eat and drink as well as frequency of indulgence.


  1. I have struggled with that Torrid marketing scheme. I feel like they are lying. And they are helping women lie to themselves. Are they really helping or hurting body image?

    Great post, thank you for sharing!

    1. Right. I totally agree. It’s a scheme. And it doesn’t help with facing the facts. I’m not trying to be brutal or anything. As a retailer, honesty is the best policy. There are a ton of BEAUTIFUL plus-sized women – a ton. And people should be confident and have high self-esteem at whatever size they are. However, we have to take health into consideration. It would be great to see them support efforts to embrace self whatever the size as well as embrace healthy lifestyles.

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