There has been much debate around plus-sized clothing for adults. Mostly, these debates are focused on the lack of styles and sizing variations available, and sometimes there is debate over whether the term "plus size" should exist at all. Why should these sizes be classified as a separate range? Shouldn't all clothing ranges offer all sizes?
The debate has been given fresh attention following the introduction of a "plus fit" range from U.K. retailer, Next.
The plus fit range comes alongside another range called slim fit. The distinction between "plus" and "slim" being offered to those aged from three to 16 is generating concern among some; others, however, think it is an important move highlighting the obesity epidemic among children.
Speaking to the HuffPost UK, Tam Fry, chairman and spokesman at the National Obesity Forum and patron of the Child Growth Foundation, said they've known a move like this was going to happen for years, but the government still refuses to do anything about it.
"But it’s not the retailer’s fault. The fault is, we now have such an obesity problem in this country," he said. "The fact is, people as young as three are showing up at stores wanting to be clothed and clothing manufacturers have no alternative but to say: ‘You are a customer, you want to clothe your children, so we will produce a size of clothing that will fit your children.’"
Childhood obesity is a complicated issue and one that is not far from Americans' minds.
Experts in America have made an impassioned plea to the government in a bid to slash childhood obesity. This follows some very alarming stats according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 70.7 percent of the American adult population is classified as overweight. Worse still, 17.4 percent of American kids age 6 to 11 are obese.
What do you think? Should children have "plus size" clothing?
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