Tuesday Newsday – Working Moms = Fatter Kids (?)

February 8th, 2011

Neurosis. Psychosis. Kankles. You can blame mom for everything. I did. (Although not for any of these…of which I have none, thank you.) She was reason for this, that and the other thing. Not always true. But there it was. The big foam finger of blame. I’m not proud.

And here’s another thing we can blame moms for. Working. It makes their kids fat. WTH? A new study says just that: every five months a mom works translates into an average of nearly one extra pound for her child.

Not sure how to take this one. I guess I see where they’re coming from. But on the other hand…I don’t. I’m sure there’s a SAHM somewhere who has popped one too many Chicken Nuggets down her little King’s throat. And where does that leave me? I work from home. My kid’s as skinny as a rail. Might I also throw some DNA into the mix?

Interesting reading here. What do you think?

Another study of working moms, another negative finding about their kids. This one suggests that working mothers have kids with higher body mass indexes and that the more mothers work, the more excess weight their child gains. The government-funded study published Friday in the journal Child Development examined 900 children in grades 3, 5, and 6 and found that every five months of a mom working translated into an average of nearly one extra pound for her child — above and beyond what a child that age and height would normally gain. By sixth grade, kids of working moms were nearly six times as likely to be overweight. Read more…

Photo credit: Rob Wiltshire 

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2 Responses to “Tuesday Newsday – Working Moms = Fatter Kids (?)”

  1. Whitney says:

    two things:
    correlation does not equal causation
    this is just one study

    of course, all parents should be aware of what they are feeding their kids and what their kids are eating when they’re not around, and apparently working moms (and dads with working wives) more so.

    overall … eh

  2. Alisa says:

    I think it’s bullshit. Good choices are good choices. And poor choices are poor choices. Good choices for meals require some planning and discipline. Regardless of whether a parent works.

    My scenario pits me in the middle of the road. I work, but only part time. And I have “twins.” One of whom is underweight. And one is technically overweight by BMI guidelines. And I feed them the same food. Go figure.

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