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Break times in school have been slashed by an hour over two decades, helping fuel the ongoing problem of child obesity.
A new study by the UCL Institute of Education has found the time dedicated by schools to breaks has significantly reduced since 1995, meaning children have less opportunity to exercise.
Researchers - Reason - Schools - Breaks - Behaviour
The researchers were not able to pinpoint one single reason, but said it may be that schools were restricting breaks because of bad behaviour in the playground or in an effort to cram in more lessons.
The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, compared data from more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in 2017 to data collected in 2006 and 1995.
Children - Seven-years-old - Minutes - Time - Week
It showed that children aged five to seven-years-old now have on average 45 minutes less break time per week than children of the same age in 1995.
Meanwhile, pupils aged 11 to 16 have 65 minutes less.
Researchers - School - Children
The researchers also found that outside school, children are...
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