Children looked after by grandparents more likely to be overweight
Grandparents are well known for spoiling their grandchildren but their generosity could be boosting childhood obesity. Young children who are regularly cared for by their grandparents have an increased risk of being overweight, according to UK research.The study of 12,000 3-year-olds found that children were 34% more likely to be overweight for their age if they were looked after by their grandparents full-time. If grandparents only provided part-time care, children still had a 15% higher risk of being overweight. Children who went to nursery or had a childminder, however, had no increased risk of weight problems, according to the International Journal of Obesity.Grandparents overindulging their precious charges and lack of exercise were two possible explanations given by the researchers."One of the ways forward would be to talk to small groups of grandparents to see the challenges they face," said study leader Professor Catherine Law. "Some of the things that might help would be educating the population in general about healthy lifestyles but also things like avoiding food as a reward and suggestions for building activities into daily life."Check out our fun ideas to give your child a workout while she plays!
Too right they do.Or they would if you let them.
My Mum and Dad are of the eat everything on your plate generation,the don't waste it thinkers.We do encourage our children to eat,but I believe a child has to learn to stop when they're full,something I never learnt to.I still feel the need to clean my plate.
Also my parents supply the treats,as does my own nan,I just make sure they go in a cupboard and are eaten sensibly.
Completely agree jo!
My mum and grandma are treat obsessed, always a huge supply of sweets biscuits and cakes being given on the sly!!!
Another nod of agreement here too!!!
Sadly Jo,I'm like your folks-I hate waste,love to see clean plates. And my portion control isn't too good(hence Ian and I being a lil tubby) but,I'm getting better,I'm not so stressed with finishing every morsel,and would rather the boys knew self control and when to say they've had enough.
However,they do have very healthy appetites,and snacks and treats are limited,as I'd rather they enjoyed their dinners!
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