Behind the headlines: should 3-year-olds have plus-sized clothes?
Children’s waistlines are growing, and now shops are stocking clothes to match
At least 41 million children aged five and under are obese or overweight, according to the World Health Organization.
And to cater for these ever-expanding waistlines, last month high-street retailer Next unveiled a new plus-size range for children aged three to 16. It includes jeans, tracksuit bottoms and school uniforms – all with waistbands up to 5in larger than the standard-age size. A Next spokesperson said, ‘These different fits cater for children with different size waist and hips, taking into account that children come in all different shapes and sizes.’
While some have praised the move, others are worried it’s a sign that Britain’s obesity problem is getting to crisis point...