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Schools alone cannot fix childhood obesity.

Schools alone cannot fix childhood obesity.

Schools are not a "silver bullet" to tackle childhood obesity, the head of Ofsted has said in a report.

A study of 60 schools found no link between schools' efforts to tackle obesity and pupils' weight. 

Factors outside the gates make it impossible for schools "to have a direct and measurable impact on children's weight", said chief schools inspector, Amanda Spielman.

Even so, they still have a vital role to play in fighting obesity, she added.

Ofsted looked at the approaches of a carefully selected group of 60 primary schools across England, to compare schools where pupil obesity was higher than in similar schools, with those where pupil obesity was relatively low.


The report looked at the measures schools were taking to tackle obesity and promote healthy lifestyles among pupils and parents, but found "no pattern to suggest that any intervention was related to higher or lower obesity".

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