Should overweight kids go to school naked?

British retailer caters for growing child obesity problem with ‘oversize’ school uniforms

You don’t have to look far in modern Britain to see that the problem of obesity now extends to even the youngest members of society.

Three-year-olds are sporting increased midriffs, and to that end one of our best-known high street retailers is catering for oversized children.

Marks & Spencer has introduced its ‘plus size’ school uniforms and clothes, amidst cries from health campaigners that this demonstrates the scale of the problem of ‘overindulged’ children.

Some sections of the media have suggested that this move is wholly wrong, but the fact is kids need to wear something to school that fits them. Would they prefer fat kids to attend school in the nude? Oh the ramifications.

Yes, many kids are spoilt; their parents have never been educated on how to prepare healthy meals, and about the only exercise they get is walking between the ‘fridge and the sofa. Yet, they still deserve some dignity while the bigger issues involved here are tackled at both national and local level.

Interesting research has shown that daughters were ten times more likely to become obese if their mother was overweight, and sons six times as likely if their father was.

It’s easy to blame all sorts of things for the obesity problem that’s sweeping through all sections of our society, and equally as easy to oversimplify the solutions.

Eat more healthily. Do some exercise.

Would we really expect retailers not to cater to the current size and shape of our kids? Cashing in, perhaps, but our children have to wear something.

In fairness, M&S isn’t the first retailer to sell larger size clothing for kids. Next sells “plus fit” clothing, as does BHS.

M&S is looking into the possibility of introducing the range permanently, while a group of retailers has begun a project to measure 6,000 children and change regular clothing sizes based on the results.