Clothing manufacturers and department stores are creating special sizes and sections for tots through pre-teens to accommodate tall and overweight kids. Putting pretty in front of plus is not going to make little ones or older children feel any better as they shop for fall and back to school wardrobes.
Why can’t they just put a size – a number – on them in the regular racks? Moms and dads know how to count. They know 14 is larger than 10. They’ll find it, and their child won’t be stigmatized by going to a separate section.
Sometimes, children need a larger size because they are tall, not because they are overweight. One sized does not fit all, no matter how hard manufacturers try to tell us it’s so. How about some extra material so hems can be let down?
Obesity in children is now a national problem, one that affects us all, if not personally, in greater health care costs.
The federal government sponsors many studies that seem absolutely ridiculous (Does cocaine use increase sexually risky behavior in Japanese rats?) I wouldn’t mind seeing one that compares the cost of cuts to school physical education programs to increased health care costs resulting from children being overweight. It’s a penny wise pound foolish situation. Instead of bringing her to the Pretty Plus section, maybe Honey Boo Boo’s mom could get her started on a fun exercise program. She’d be cute and healthy too.
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