Childhood Obesity Linked to Working Mothers

Posted: Aug 04 in Bounce by

New research indicates that children who have mothers who work are more likely to struggle with their weight.

A study conducted by researchers at the University College London look at more than 8,500 seven year-olds in 1965 and another 1,889 children who were four to nine years old in 1991. The study found that 12% of boys and 8% of girls were overweight in the 1965 group, and nearly twice as many children were overweight or obese in the second study. The study also noted that children in 1965 were 28% more likely to be overweight if their mothers worked outside of the home, while children of working mothers in the 90s were 48% more likely to have weight problems.

What does having a working mother have to do with childhood obesity? The researchers suggested that working mothers had less time to prepare nutritious meals. They also believed that children of working mothers spent more time alone snacking and watching TV instead of playing outside. Researcher Dr. Leah Li believed that their may be other factors that lead to the rise of obesity in the later group, but suggested that public policies meant to support working mothers and low income families may help address the current childhood obesity problem.

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