SUPERSIZE school uniforms have hit the shelves to cope with Britain’s rising childhood obesity epidemic. Sales of XXL clobber such as 54in blazers and 42in trousers are booming.
Retailers say 20 years ago an 11-year-old boy would wear a blazer size 30 to 34ins.
But now a third of primary school kids are overweight or obese and need bigger sizes.
Schoolboy Orrin Hall, 11 — who is a standard size — was swamped when he tried on an XXL uniform for St John Plessington Catholic College in Bebington, Merseyside.
He said: “I’m going to eat my greens now — I never want to need these clothes. You can fit three of me in here.”
His mum Tracey, 43, said: “I would never allow Orrin to get so big. Lazy parents would rather serve a Pot Noodle than cook for their children.”
Shops say demand for extra-large sizes has risen dramatically with manufacturers providing bigger clothes every year. At the Wirral Uniform Centre in Birkenhead two out of five pairs of trousers sold are “sturdy fit” with super-stretchy waistbands.
Alison Jones Schoolwear in Aberystwyth, Wales, stocks primary school polo shirts for up to a 50in chest.
And web firm specialises in large sizes. Owner Vanessa Fowler said: “Clothes that fit properly give kids higher self-esteem. “I’ve heard stories of kids unable to go to school because their clothes didn’t fit.”