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Super-size school uniform a cause for concern

The number of retailers selling school uniforms in super sizes is increasing to meet demand, despite health experts warning that child obesity is rising.

Trousers for schoolchildren are now available in a 48in waist, which is equivalent to size 5XL. Blazers are also available up to a 56in chest size, 16-times larger than an average size for an adult.

The findings come at the same time as experts warn that levels of child obesity have reached crisis levels in the UK, with British girls below the age of 20 being the fattest in Europe, according to research by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

The RCPCH has already called for restrictions on the advertising of junk food before the watershed. As the percentage of overweight and obese children in Year 6 increases, the demand for super-size uniforms continues to grow.

One online retailer of pupil’s clothing, Sturdy Kids, has reported a year-on-year increase in demand for larger sizes in school uniform. The owner of the online store, Vanessa Fowler, started the business when she found it difficult to source clothing for her sons.

According to Fowler, it is demoralising for children when they are unable to find a school uniform that is large enough, adding:

“Giving children well-fitting comfortable clothing whatever their size, we believe, makes them feel more confident and happier.”

Schools around the UK are also encouraging healthier eating habits, with the introduction of school tuckshops. Lincolnshire institutions are among those selling healthy alternatives to snacks high in fat, sugar, and salt.

Posted by Susan
January 8, 2015

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