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Study: Momsí Work Schedule Is Making Kids Fat

 
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Study: Momsí Work Schedule Is Making Kids Fat
Childhood obesity has been steadily rising in the U.S. in the past 30 years, and a new study from American University in Washington, D.C. has found that a childís weight may depend on how much their mothers were away at work growing up.

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From TIME:

Are Working Moms to Blame for Childhood Obesity?


Moms, prepare to feel guilty, but only just slightly: There's new data out there that link the more years you spend in the workforce with chubbier children.Researchers looked at body-mass index (BMI), which is a measure of weight-for-height, and found that the more years a woman spends at work after her child's birth, the more that child's BMI rises.
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Study: Kids' weight increases when mom works more

Working mothers could be pressed for time, which could cause them to turn to fast food and restaurants.

Carol M. Devine, professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, who was not involved in the study, has examined food choices of working, lower-income families.

"Some parents weren't able to eat with their families more than a couple times a week," Devine said. "The job structure had a lot to do with it."

When people don't eat together as a family, the diets are worse and people are heavier, she said.

Morrissey said other factors could be related to kids' sleep patterns and the kind of food and activity they're getting at after-school care. But none of these variables were in the study.

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The study didn't include working fathers.

Link to original report:

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