Study Blames Working Mothers for Kids’ Weight Gain.

The Journal of Child Development compared the body-mass index (BMI) of 900 children and found that the more years their mother spent working, the higher the child’s BMI, according to media reports.

 

In a nation where 70 percent of mothers with young children work and childhood obesity rates have exploded, Time Magazine said, “. . . [I]t’s not unreasonable to be concerned. Of course, there are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity, including easy access to cheap, prepared foods and kids’ increasing preference for apps over exercise.”

 

However the magazine added that the increases in BMI found in the study were “hardly jaw-dropping,” saying that for third graders “the excess weight amounted to just one pound.” (February 2011)