Prisons order 8XL clothes and 66-inch pants for inmates amid obesity crisis, Justice Department data shows

Obesity crisis grips prisons: Bosses insist prisoners get ‘healthy meals and exercise’ despite having to order thousands of 8XL suits after inmates are locked up in their cells for hours during the pandemic

  • Overweight inmates fuel demand for oversized clothing in prisons
  • Prison bosses have ordered thousands of jumpsuits in sizes up to 8XL
  • Orders for size 66″ pants follow previous demand for 3XL and 6XL jackets










According to government data, overweight inmates are fueling a rise in demand for plus-size clothing in prisons.

Prison leaders have ordered thousands of suits in sizes up to 8XL, according to Justice Department figures.

Orders for pants with a waist up to 66 inches follow previous requirements to bring jacket sizes between 3XL and 6XL.

A prison service spokesperson insisted that offenders are provided with “healthy meals and the opportunity to exercise”.

Overweight inmates are fueling a surge in demand for plus-size clothing in prisons, government data shows

Obesity among inmates appears to have worsened during the pandemic, which has left inmates locked up for hours at a time

Obesity among inmates appears to have worsened during the pandemic, which has left inmates locked up for hours at a time

But obesity among prisoners appears to have worsened during the pandemic, which has left inmates locked up for hours at a time.

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said: ‘The statistics are horrific but serve well to illustrate the outcome of confinement.

“Covid has shown that entire populations are now suffering from obesity because of the lockdown.”

It follows a report at a prison revealing how transgender inmates also struggle to access larger women’s clothing.

HMP Bristol’s Independent Supervisory Board said: ‘Problems have arisen with the delayed supply of female estate kits for transgender prisoners.’

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Elizabeth J. Harless