“Early Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Multigenerational Households”

McKinney, Chelsea O. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy 2, no. 1: 2.

The epidemic of early childhood obesity is an ongoing and serious threat to the health of children in America. This article examines the studied link between early childhood obesity and weight problems and co-residence with grandmothers. Among other influencing factors such as socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity, the authors identify grandmother co-residence as negatively influencing the weight of young children. As a possible solution, they recommend prevention and weight management programs that specifically accommodate multi-generational households.