Link Between Working Mothers and Overweight Children
“We want to emphasize that this is not a maternal employment issue; this is a family balance issue,” said lead researcher Taryn Morrissey.
Morrissey and other researchers from American University, Cornell University and the University of Chicago compiled data from more than 900 children in 10 U.S. cities, with emphasis on children in grades 3, 5 and 6.
They speculated that the reason that these children gain more weight is because families in which both parents work tend to eat out more often, eat more fast food, and are more likely to skip breakfast.
The effect was seen most strongly in fifth and sixth grade children, who were more likely to gain weight than any other age group. This may be because children at this age tend to have more independence in their food choices than younger children, the researchers said.
The study was published in Child Development.