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2:45pm 28th February 2014

A west Cornwall teacher tells Pirate FM a pupil was sent to school with a two litre bottle of fizzy drink every day.

It is amid claims two Duchy children have been taken into care because they were obese.

According to freedom of information figures in the papers 180 were removed across the UK.

One was twenty-three stone.

Jane has taught some very overweight children in her classes and told Pirate FM it is worrying: "Being morbidly obese often becomes linked with other situations as well in terms of the general care of the child at home and the emotional and the physical support the child gets. So it's not usually an isolated situation.

"As a society and as a country we do very, very little to solve the problem. We ban advertising for cigarettes and limit advertising for alcohol. Bad food should be much more expensive."

Kate Pordage from the Duchy's Healthy Schools project said work is being done to help families and it is working: "Schools are under immense pressure and you think that they might be saying "No, no that's not our business" but actually schools recognise that happier, healthier children do better and achieve better in school and I think we're going to turn that around.

"It's going to happen. It is happening. The work is being done. It's about giving families access to good useful advice and information, practical tips and support. Schools and families are a big part of it, but they're not the only part of it."

2:45pm 28th February 2014

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