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Plus-size school uniforms feed obesity debate

Kidswear retailer National Schoolwear Centres has fuelled the ongoing child obesity debate by launching the UK's largest ever school uniforms.

The range will include a 52-inch chest blazer, 42-inch waist trousers and a 17.5-inch collar shirt. Managing director Graham Michelli said the specialist retailer had experienced a 25% increase in demand for the 50- and 52-inch blazer year on year, reflecting increasing levels of child obesity. He said: "Buying a uniform can be daunting. If there are any sizes we don't have, we will order them separately."

The move has highlighted the growing obesity issue, with campaigners such as the British Heart Foundation saying kids' expanding waistlines should be a major cause for concern.

The uniforms will be available from the retailer's 60 shops in time for September, at £34 for the blazer, £20 for the trousers and £16 for a twin pack of shirts. Previously, plus-sizes were only available to order.

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