Study: Daycare Linked to Overweight Children
Startling results from a study of children who attend daycare in Quebec or who are being watched by extended family while parents are at work.
Kids who go to daycare were 65 percent more likely to be overweight between the ages of 4 and 10, compared with those who stayed at home with a parent.
Kids cared for by an extended family member, such as a grandmother were 50 percent more likely to be overweight.
Those kids who were in home daycare or were cared for by a nanny, were not overweight.
The study is out of the University of Montreal and 1,649 families with children born between October 1997 and July 1998 were included. The body mass index of the children was tracked until they were 10 years old.
(some files by D. Agar)