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Australia: Working mothers risk having fatter children

Working mums have fat kids

University of NSW research found that the children of mothers who worked more than 20 hours a week face a 20 per cent increased risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Obesity expert Michael Booth explained these findings: “Working mothers are time poor. They have less time to prepare meals and rely more on takeaway and prepared foods, which are higher in energy. The other big factor is maternal guilt – because they feel they are not around to nurture their kids they find other ways to do it, which is often by constantly treating their kids. And the treats are usually junk food.”

Read more: Daily Telegraph / News.com, 11 Jan 2007

The harder mum works, the fatter the kids

Read more: Press release, University of NSW, 12 Jan 2007

Published on January 11, 2007 in Australian news