Robin Abcarian is right that Abercrombie & Fitch's refusal to make clothes for women who aren't skinny smacks of elitism.
However, should we embrace the figures — 5 feet 4 inches and 162 pounds — that define the average young American woman? According to the National Institute of Health, that physique registers in the upper range of "overweight."
Medical research has established that those who are overweight or obese suffer health problems generating disproportionate medical expenses, and that modifications in diet and exercise can enable the bulk of overweight or obese people to attain a healthy physique.
It's in everyone's interest to inspire healthy diets and exercise among our overweight masses. This vital purpose doesn't appear well served by Abercrombie's unseemly pitch.