Plenty of us love Forever21 for bringing us trendy pieces on a budget — even Blake Lively was a longtime fan. But the brand is currently under fire from people who claim that the company has been sending out diet bars with online orders.
Over the past few days, Twitter users have posted photos of their Forever21 orders, which included Atkins lemons bars. A majority of the posts came from users who say they had purchased plus-sized items, but some users said that they received Atkins bars along with items outside of the plus-sized collection, as well.
The move drew outcry from people who slammed Forever21 for promoting diet culture, fat-shaming customers, and risking triggering those who suffer from disordered eating and eating disorders.
While the lemon bar that seems to have been included in the orders is not specifically marketed as a diet bar itself, Atkins is known for the Atkins diet, which purports to help people lose weight by limiting carbohydrate intake. However, studies have not found the Atkins diet to be any more effective, than, say, behavioral counseling for weight loss. Not to mention, your body needs carbohydrates, and drastically cutting carbs can lead to headaches, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, and constipation.
Forever21 did not immediately respond to InStyle's request for comment.
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