Over the past 35 years, the percentage of U.S. mothers in the workforce while raising kids has soared, from less than 50% to more than 70%. The childhood obesity rate, now closeclose to 17%, has more than tripled during that same time.
Coincidently, a new study published in Child Development, suggests the longer a mother works outside the home, the more likely her children are to be overweight or obese.
The study estimates, for each additional five-month period his or her mother works, a child of average height can be expected to gain 1 extra pound more than normal growth. 6th graders with working mothers were found to be 6 times more likely overweight than those with stay-at-home moms.
The researchers weren’t really sure why this was so.
“It is possible that because 5th and 6th graders generally have more independence and less adult supervision over their time use and food choices than 3rd graders, maternal employment precipitates poorer food choices and more sedentary activity.”
Are the time constraints on a working mother/father to make healthy meals a factor? Is this a consequence of going against God’s design for the home and family?
What do YOU think?