Working mums’ kids less healthy

Children of working mothers are at higher risk of having an unhealthy lifestyle compared to those that stay at home, a UK study has found.

The study examined more than 12,500 five-year-olds, whose mothers were questioned about their working hours and children’s diet, exercise and sedentary activities.

The study’s authors found children whose mothers worked part-time or full-time were more likely to primarily drink sweetened beverages between meals, use the television or computer at least two hours daily or be driven to school.

They suggested time constraints could limit parents’ ability to provide healthy food to children, said the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.Experts said parents should not be blamed should and more should be done to support working families.


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