Doctors caught grandmothers in adverse effects on the health of their grandchildren

© Fotolia / Ingo BartussekБабушка cooking in the kitchenDoctors caught grandmothers in adverse effects on the health of their grandchildren© Fotolia / Ingo Bartussek

. Monitoring of the families of internal migrants in large cities of China have helped scientists confirm that the grandmother negatively affect the health of grandchildren, literally sakharnova them, causing extra weight gain, according to a paper published in the journal PLoS One.

«The fight against childhood obesity must include restrictions on the sale of food in the vicinity of schools and training measures for grandparents the basics of proper nutrition, and increasing physical activity of students during their stay at the school. People migrating from other cities, in turn, needs help to play sports,» said Li Bai (Li Bai) from the University of Birmingham (UK).

According to who, about one third of the population today suffers from obesity, and in some countries such as the UK and Middle East countries, more than half of the population is overweight. On current forecasts, the number of inhabitants of the Earth overweight by 2025 will reach 2.7 billion, with the proportion of people with extreme forms of obesity in the time to reach 17%, while the number of overweight people – about 46%.

Faster just the number of people with obesity is increasing in developing countries, recently received access to cheap and nutritious food and while not having laws limiting their turnover. According to estimates of the Ministry of health of China, about 10% of men and 14% of women living in the country are obese, and among children the figure is closer to 15%. Particularly this trend is evident in major Metropolitan areas in Eastern China.

Lee and her colleagues decided to find out what would make residents of large Chinese cities to put on weight faster than do other citizens. Researchers monitored the health of several thousand students attending schools in the city of Guangzhou in the South of the country.

Studying the prevalence of obesity among students from families of different origin, level of income and education, the scientists noticed an unusual thing – students from migrant families who moved from the provinces to Guangzhou with their parents are much less likely to suffer from obesity than their peers from among indigenous residents.

This unusual relationship has interested scientists, and they interviewed almost one hundred and fifty parents, teachers and children themselves, what they eat, whether they consider obesity a disease and whether or not to deal with it.

These conversations revealed an unexpected «hero» to all these problems – the major contributors of childhood obesity were grandparents of students. As a rule, couples in major Chinese cities there is no time for raising children and they give them in the care of their parents.

Grandparents, in turn, are proud of their grandchildren and very often force-feed their because of the common in China, the notion that excess weight is a sign of wealth and happy life. Many parents told researchers that their children had gained weight during the holidays, when lived with my grandparents, and lost weight after returning to school.

«City» children as researchers have found, get fat because the curriculum in elite schools of China’s emphasis on academic success and puts the sport on the backburner. Schools for migrants, which are descendants of immigrants from the provinces, calculated on less deep learning, and their students more and more involved in sports, to help them to keep their weight normal.

All this, according to Lee and colleagues, you need to consider when developing strategies, which are now the government of China to eliminate the obesity epidemic by 2030.

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Doctors caught grandmothers in adverse effects on the health of their grandchildren

© Fotolia / Ingo BartussekБабушка cooking in the kitchenDoctors caught grandmothers in adverse effects on the health of their grandchildren© Fotolia / Ingo Bartussek

. Monitoring of the families of internal migrants in large cities of China have helped scientists confirm that the grandmother negatively affect the health of grandchildren, literally sakharnova them, causing extra weight gain, according to a paper published in the journal PLoS One.

«The fight against childhood obesity must include restrictions on the sale of food in the vicinity of schools and training measures for grandparents the basics of proper nutrition, and increasing physical activity of students during their stay at the school. People migrating from other cities, in turn, needs help to play sports,» said Li Bai (Li Bai) from the University of Birmingham (UK).

According to who, about one third of the population today suffers from obesity, and in some countries such as the UK and Middle East countries, more than half of the population is overweight. (more…)

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