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18th Sep 2017

Next now sells plus size clothing for children as young as three-years-old

The range is called "Plus Fit".

The fashion and homeware giant has announced that they are now stocking plus size children’s clothing from ages three to 16.

The clothing which is available for both boys and girls features a range of jeans, trousers and tracksuit bottoms labelled as “plus fit”.

A plus fit age three pants has a waistband of 58cm compared to their regular age three pants which feature a waistband of 53cm. Showing the plus size kids pants and tracksuit bottoms to be 5cm wider than their average pair.

Tam Fry, chief executive of the National Obesity Forum spoke to the Mirror saying: “Next isn’t setting a new trend, they are catering for the market. They are responding to the current state of affairs. It has been in a bad state for a long time but this just shows it has now gone beyond the point of a crisis.”

The clothing has also sparked a large quantity of online debate with many parents unimpressed with the “plus fit” branding.



A Next spokesman however said in a statement: “Our different ‘fits’ cater for children with different size waist and hips, taking into account that children come in all different shapes and sizes.”

The retailer has yet to comment on whether or not the plus fit range will incorporate a wider range of clothes going forward.