Nursing In Practice: 'Career Mothers Have Fat Children'
- From: "amused onlooker" <null@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 13:49:34 GMT
Career mothers "have fat children"
Mothers who devote long hours to developing their careers are
more likely to have obese children, according to new research.
And youngsters from homes where the combined annual income is
more than £33,000 are at the greatest risk of being overweight,
according to the study.
The research, carried out by the UCL Institute of Child Health,
found a direct correlation between working mothers and obese
The offspring of mothers who work long hours have less access
to healthy foods and physical activity, and are more likely to
be found in front of the television set, the study suggests.
And it reveals that lack of time, and not lack of money, is
the most significant factor in childhood obesity.
The study, which is published in the International Journal of
Obesity, looked at 13,113 children and interviewed their parents
when they were aged nine months, and again when they were three.
Researchers found that 24% of the children of the 7,629 mothers
who had jobs were overweight, and 28% of these mothers admitted
they did not spend enough time with their child because of work
The experts said: "Intensity of a mother's employment was a risk
factor... specifically among children from families in the
highest income group.
"We found that children were more likely to be overweight if the
mother reported that 'she did not spend enough time with her
child because of work'."
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