Not very grand as stand-in par­ents

Daily Record - - NEWS - MARK WAGHORN re­porters@dai­

LEAV­ING chil­dren with the grand­par­ents could turn them into pudgy smok­ers as adults with an in­creased risk of cancer, says a study

They are over-in­dulged with cakes, bis­cuits and sweets and al­lowed to play video games or watch TV in­stead of run­ning about out­side, warn sci­en­tists.

Grand­par­ents also tend to smoke in front of them, ex­pos­ing them to sec­ond­hand fumes and mak­ing them more likely to pick up the habit as they get older.

Dr Stephanie Cham­bers, of the Glas­gow Univer­sity team, said: “Par­ents of­ten find it dif­fi­cult to dis­cuss pas­sive smok­ing and overtreat­ing grand­chil­dren.

“As par­ents rely on grand­par­ents for care, the mixed mes­sages chil­dren might be get­ting is a dis­cus­sion that needs to be had.”


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