One Queensland tailor says he’s astonished at the size of the uniforms he needs to make for kids heading back to school.
Some, he says, are so large they’re usually not stocked at big men’s stores.
On top of the massive uniforms, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) says children are undergoing physiotherapy to help them cope with the physical strain of a six-hour school day.
Uniform supplier Williamson International’s Greg McLeod told The Courier-Mail he had taken orders this year for school shorts with a 150cm waist.
‘We are very conscious of how a child carrying a lot of weight must feel when we are making a special-sized uniform. We want them to feel comfortable and wear exactly the same as all the other children,’ he said.
Additionally, physiotherapy classes are being booked out by parents hoping to help their overweight children’s mobility.
Paediatric chair of the APA Nicole Haynes said it was becoming more and more common to see large children walk through their doors.
She said exercise classes were essential to helping schoolchildren meet the physical requirements of their day-to-day lives.
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