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Kids' health put at risk by grandparents

By John von Radowitz

Grandparents are a potential health hazard for children - and may even increase their risk of cancer, scientists have said.

They spoil their grandchildren with sweet treats and big helpings of fattening food, and expose their lungs to second-hand tobacco smoke, it is claimed.

The extraordinary claims are based on a review of research into the influence grandparents have on lifestyle factors that can sow the seeds of cancer in later life.

Overall, grandparents were found to have an adverse effect, despite meaning well. In many cases, such as rewarding good behaviour with sweets, they were putting the health of their grandchildren at risk with kindness.

Dr Stephanie Chambers of the University of Glasgow said: "While the results of this review are clear that behaviour such as exposure to smoking and regularly treating children increases cancer risks as children grow into adulthood, it is also clear from the evidence that these risks are unintentional."

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