According to a newly published report in the Journal of Child Development, after looking at a number of different factors, it appears that a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) has some connection to the time a mother spends working. While the nation struggles with the issue of weight and body mass index in adults, childhood obesity in this national is nearly epidemic.
“Childhood Obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past three decades, and prior research has linked maternal employment to children’s body mass index (BMI), a measure of their weight-for-height.
A new study by an American University professor of the Journal Child Development has found that children’s BMI rose the more years their mothers worked over their children’s lifetimes.”
Fox News reported: The research team studied body mass index (BMI) data from 990 children in grades 3, 5 and 6 who lived in cities across the country. They found that the total number of years that mothers were employed away from home had a cumulative influence on their children’s rising BMI. Over time, a higher than average BMI can lead to obesity in adulthood.”
February 4, 2011