Grandparents could be leading to childhood obesity

Who doesn't love grandma's home cooking?

Unfortunately, It could be leading to childhood obesity. A new Chinese study shows children who grow up closer to their grandparents are more likely to be obese.

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According to the study, around 30.43 million Chinese children and teens are overweight or obese. In the United States, 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, according to the CDC.

Grandparents who take care of their grandchildren full time have an increased influence on the eating habits of the children, leading to potential weight gain.

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Pierce Brosnan has been a grandparent since 1998.

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Whoopi Goldberg is a grandma extraordinaire, as her first granddaughter was born when Whoopi was only 34. 

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Former quarterback Brett Favre became a grandfather while he was still active in the NFL. 

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Jim Carrey has been doting on his grandson since 2010. 

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's son, Jack, has given them two granddaughters. 

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Donny Osmond has six grandchildren, with his first being born in 2005.

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Nicolas Cage became a grandfather in 2014. 

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Tony Danza has been a grandfather for about 10 years now. 

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Cee Lo Green became a grandfather at age 35 when his step-daughter had a baby boy. 

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Kiefer Sutherland has been a grandfather since 2005. 

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Charlie Sheen welcomed his first granddaughter in 2013. 

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Harrison Ford has been a grandfather since 1993.

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Grandparents can continue to spoil their favorite grandkids -- but with healthier food choices. To start to improve the problem, it's suggested that grandparents take grandchildren for visits to the farmer's market to try new fruits and vegetables, get them to create healthy snacks and stay away from the ever-so-convenient fast food.

If you want to spoil your grandchildren rotten, choose a healthy way instead. They'll thank you later.

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