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Research: anti-obesity programme in schools is unsuccessful


A study conducted by Birmingham University has found that schools alone can’t help to prevent childhood obesity. 53 primary schools in the West Midlands, UK took part in a controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle programme compared with usual practice, in preventing childhood obesity.

The twelve-month programme included an extra 30 minutes of physical activity during school time every day, family healthy cooking workshops and signposting of family physical activity opportunities.

The study has found no significant difference in the children’s weight by the end of the programme meaning that intervention by schools alone is unlikely to have an impact on childhood obesity.

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