Be­hind the head­lines: should 3-year-olds have plus-sized clothes?

Chil­dren’s waist­lines are grow­ing, and now shops are stock­ing clothes to match

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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...

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