Working mums’ ‘child weight risk’

BBC News 23 July 2007
The children of wealthier parents, particularly those with working mothers, are more likely to be obese or overweight, a study says. Researchers at the Institute of Child Health in London followed 13,000 children to the age of three. They found for every 10 hours worked the risk of being overweight rose once household income topped ?11,000, the International Journal of Obesity said. Experts said it was a “wake-up call” for the middle classes.However, the researchers also noted that among the working mothers group – 7,500 in total – the risk was 13% and 19% greater. The researchers said: “Long hours of maternal employment, rather than lack of money, may impede young children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity. “For example, parental time constraints could increase a child’s consumption of snack foods and / or increase television use.” They said working mothers were also less likely to breastfeed for the recommended amount of time.

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The Telegraph (UK) 23 July 2007