Tuesday September 29 2009
Mothers who work raise unhealthier children than those who stay at home, researchers said yesterday, writes Jane Kirby.
Children whose mothers are employed are more likely to be driven to school, watch TV, consume fizzy drinks and eat too few portions of fruits and vegetables, a study found.
The research, on more than 12,000 schoolchildren, was published in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Mothers who worked full-time had the unhealthiest children, followed by those who worked part-time.
They typically worked 21 hours per week (with a range of 16 to 30 hours) and for 45 months (with a range of 25 to 55 months).
Overall, many children had habits that could lead to them becoming overweight.
For example, 37pc of children mostly ate crisps or sweets between meals and 41pc mostly drank sweetened drinks.
A total of 61pc watched television or used the computer for at least two hours a day.
But when the researchers took away factors that might influence the results, such as socio-economic background, they found a definite link between a mother working and the child's health.http://www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/working-mums-raise-the-most-unhealthy-children-1898910.html