Exploring Grandparents’ Roles in Young Children's Lifestyle Behaviors and the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: An Australian Perspective

Lucinda K. Bell, Rebecca A. Perry, Ivanka Prichard

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Childhood obesity remains a significant public health issue. Because lifestyle behaviors and weight are established early and track through life stages, prevention strategies must commence in the first years of life. Traditionally, such strategies target parents or formal child care providers. Yet grandparents are increasingly providing care to grandchildren and therefore have an important role in their eating and activity behaviors, which creates a major research gap. This commentary piece, focusing on the Australian context, argues that it is imperative and timely for obesity prevention research to include investigations regarding the role of grandparents in the prevention of obesity-related behaviors in young children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-521
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished or Issued - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • activity
  • behavior
  • career
  • child
  • grandparents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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