School uniform sizes on the increase

Some of Trutex's school uniform sizes from a size 28 to size 52 blazer at Monkhouse Schoolwear in Fishergate, Preston. Pictured is Manager Trevor Bailey with the two sizes of blazers.'5th September 2014
Some of Trutex's school uniform sizes from a size 28 to size 52 blazer at Monkhouse Schoolwear in Fishergate, Preston. Pictured is Manager Trevor Bailey with the two sizes of blazers.'5th September 2014

School uniform retailers are now stocking bigger sizes to cope with the number of overweight children in Lancashire.

Trutex have launched bigger sized garments for children, including a 56-inch blazer.

Mike Thorton, owner of Mike’s Sports World, Lancaster and Garstang, is currently selling Trutex’s bigger sizes.

Mr Thorton said: “The biggest blazer we have sold is a 54-inch chest. Girls skirts are probably the biggest thing that has surprised me the most, just the fact that they are now a 40-inch stock line.”

Sizes that once where especially made for customers are now in stock, including a 56-inch blazer.

A spokesman for Clitheroe-based school uniform supplier, Trutex, said: “We work closely with our retailers, and over the last few years they’ve been advising us that parents are now often asking for bigger sizes of the garments we manufacture.”

The National Child Measurement Programme, discovered 22.2 per cent of reception children were overweight or obese, in year six, this was one in three at 33.3 per cent.

County Councillor, Gina Dowding said: “Obesity in children is often a result of a lack of good affordable healthy food, and not enough exercise.

“It’s important that we now tackle this at a community level: we need to place more emphasis on children exercising as part of their daily lives, with safe routes to school and green places to play.”