Study links grandparents' care with kids' weight gain

February 15, 2010 1:53:23 PM PST
Most grandparents make wonderful babysitters. But some may be lavishing children with a little too much love in the form of cookies and couch time.

A British study finds that young children looked after by their grandparents have an increased risk of being overweight.

The analysis in the International Journal of Obesity involved 12,000 3-year-olds. It shows the risk of weight gain is 34 percent higher if grandparents cared for children full-time.

Researchers conclude it would help if all child-care providers were educated about the benefits of daily activity and the risks of using food as a reward.