Ground-breaking research reveals grandparents are contributing to childhood obesity. Their tendency to give treats is having long-lasting affects on our children.
Alice Monfries, 9NEWS reports we all know how much grandparents love spoiling their grandbabies, but those harmless treats are having a massive impact on long term health.
A study at Flinders University focusing on the early years of life discovered grandparents are having a big impact on the health and lifelong choices of their grandchildren.
Exposing them to foods high in fat, salt and sugar increases their preferences for the treats.
Dr Lucinda Bell said these sorts of foods do result in poor eating patterns and increase the risk of obesity.
While they may not realise those early years of diet have a massive impact on health later in life.
Educating and supporting grandparents is the key to help improve health for both children and grandparents.
In 2014 around one fifth (22%) of all Australian children aged 0-12years were cared for regularly by their grandparents.
In 2011, 60% of young children (aged 0–4 years) regularly attended some type of child care (formal or informal). Of these children, 50% were cared for by a grandparent.
Oh, that was always the best part of staying at nan’s house! I miss the good old days.
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