Generation XXL; SCHOOL UNIFORMS AT RECORD SIZES.
SCHOOL uniform makers are producing their largest sizes ever to cope with the child obesity crisis.
The new range for boys up to 16 includes a 52in chest blazer, 42in waist trousers and a 17.5in collars on shirts.
The move is in response to demands from parents, said National Schoolwear Centres, the UK's largest dedicated schoolwear retailer.
Last summer the company made a 48-inch blazer for an un-named 11-year-old boy.
Managing Director Graham Michelli said: "To our knowledge, these are the largest school uniform sizes available in the country to date."
The extra extra large boys' range follows the introduction of bumper sizes for girls three years ago.
That included trousers with 36in waists and blazers with 48in chests.
The company, which has no plans to update its girls' sizes, tailor-made a pair of trousers for a girl with a 48in waist. Nearly one in seven children aged between two and 10 are obese - an increase of a third in 10 years.
The percentage of obese under-16s is predicted to reach 20 per cent by 2010 if nothing is done. The new blazers and trousers for boys are both four inches larger than the biggest size previously on sale.
A National Schoolwear spokesman said: "We are selling these sizes because more and more parents are asking for larger stuff. Our experience backs up figures that show children are getting bigger."
The childhood obesity problem has got so bad that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, in guidelines issued last December, said some youngsters would need stomach stapling surgery.
In 2004, the departments of Health, Education and Culture, Media and Sport, set a joint target to halt the increase in obesity in the under-11s by 2010.
Meanwhile, research by London University suggests that girls at primary school should wear trousers and trainers to school as impractical clothing stops them taking part in energetic games.
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