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Kids Gain Weight When Mom Works Too Much

There have been several studies to suggest that when moms work, their children are at greater risk for poor diets and more sedentary lifestyles, so they therefore have a greater tendency toward childhood obesity. Another study conducted at American University has found that third grade children experience approximately a one pound gain in excess weight for every six months their mother works. The link became stronger as children matured into fifth and sixth grades. The implication is not that moms leave the workforce, stresses author Taryn Morrissey, but that there should be more policies in place to protect families of working mothers such as greater access to child care, healthier foods in schools and more flexible work schedules.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

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Tags: Childhood Obesity, Mothers, Weight Gain, Working Mothers

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