The 'fat tax' is real. Here are 5 examples that prove it's more expensive to be plus-sized.
- The "fat tax" is a difference in price between items - clothing, bikes, furniture, etc. - made for those in the plus-sized community and those who are not.
- The same T-shirt at Old Navy could cost $16.99 for straight sizes (XS to XXL) and $19.99 for plus sizes.
- Airlines like Alaska Airlines require passengers to pay for an extra seat if they "cannot comfortably fit within one seat with the armrests in the down position."
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The body positive movement is on the rise, with people of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes challenging conventional beauty standards. The plus-size community, of course, is also taking part. Its proud members are making their bodies seen and voices heard.As plus-size men and women speak up about their experiences, many shed light about the challenges they face, too. One among them is the "fat tax."Advertisement
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Not to be confused with a tax imposed on unhealthy foods, many consider the "fat tax" to be "the differences in cost just for the plus-sized consumer," plus-size fashion and style blogger of The Curvy Fahionista Marie Denee told Business Insider. "You go to a site that carries plus [sizes 14 and above] and straight sizes [0 to 12] and it's the exact same top, but it's, like, three-to-five dollars more in plus."According to full-figured fashion blogger Alysse Dalessandro of Ready to Stare, retailers are "charging more for those garments under the guise that, 'Okay, well, you're bigger so it takes more material.'" While that might be the case, she said, from a business standpoint, prices do not have to be decided with straight sizes as the reference point.
"If you priced based off an extra small," Dalessandro told Business Insider, "it's almost like you're prioritizing those customers, and to me that's just not fair." With almost 70 percent of American women wearing a size 14 or above, according to The Atlantic, those considered to be "plus" are far from the minority.Read more: These models recreated a Calvin Klein denim ad to prove that men of all sizes are 'handsome and worthy'Does the "fat tax" exist outside of just clothing? Advertisement
"I feel like there is fat tax in everything," said Dalessandro. "We're charged more just to be in a space ... It's more societal than actual dollar."
Here are five real-world examples that prove the "fat tax" exists.
Clothing companies that sell to both straight and plus-sized people sometimes charge the latter more.
Though many airlines have "passenger of size" policies, often those passengers are the ones who pay for the extra space.Advertisement
Popular furniture does not always accommodate plus-sized customers, forcing them to buy more expensive options.
There could be a nearly $800-difference in price between the best ranked cheap bikes and those made with plus-size riders in mind.Advertisement
Even when it comes time to plan for what happens after life, oversize caskets are more expensive than their smaller counterparts.
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