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Working Mothers And Youth Health


The epidemic of youth weight problems has grown by over 300 percent since 1980, numerous studies suggest. Based on a brand new study by an American University professor, a common theme between overweight children is working moms who are frequently away from home. Families with mothers who worked more hrs had kids with a higher body mass index (BMI) over their lifetimes, the study found. This is even without people getting payday loans to buy their food.

How weight problems connect

There were 990 children in grades 3, 5, and 6 looked at in the childhood obesity research from 10 cities in the United States The study was published in the journal Child Development in January/February. Study founder Prof. Taryn Morrissey from American University’s Public Administration and Policy department, found the total number of years working moms were employed had a small however cumulative influence on their children’s BMI. The chance of obesity is increased with a higher BMI. The connection between employment of a mother and a children’s Body Mass Index was not explained by the children’s physical activity amounts or even Television time. Even the time of day in which moms worked from home did not show a significant correlation, which left researchers grasping for possible explanations.

Preparing food time was singled out

With working getting in the way, working parents can’t shop and prepare food. That is probably the cause. Eating out or consuming more pre-prepared foods – which tend to be higher in overweight and calories – was a frequent thread.

Fixing the issue

Prof. Morrissey believes something needs to change considering behavior problems and obesity-related illnesses like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol could be caused by youth weight problems. It may also cause a lesser life expectancy which can be up to five years the Children’s Hospital in Boston concluded in a study. It is very important make healthy, affordable food available. Society will become healthier this way.

“Community- and school-based programs offer promise for promoting healthy weight by providing information to children and their families about nutrition and exercise, as well as how to make quick, healthy meals,” Morrissey said.

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