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Working Moms Focus Less on Kids' Diet

Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 12:28 PM


Working mothers spend significantly less time and effort making sure their children eat a healthy diet and get enough exercise than stay-at-home moms, according to a new Cornell University study.
The findings, published in the journal Economics and Human Biology, indicate American moms with full-time jobs spend nearly 90 minutes less every day cooking, grocery shopping, playing with children and other chores and activities related to their children's diet and exercise, compared to non-working mothers.
What’s more, working dads do little to make up the deficit – devoting just 13 minutes daily to such activities, while stay-at-home fathers contribute 41 minutes, the study found.
“We find that maternal employment is associated with working mothers spending, per day, four fewer minutes grocery shopping, 17 fewer minutes cooking, 10 fewer minutes eating with children, 12 fewer minutes playing with children, four fewer minutes supervising children, and 37 fewer minutes caring for children,” according to the study, led by John Cawley, a health economist at Cornell's College of Human Ecology. “The differences tend to be greatest for mothers with young children [age 0–5 years].”
Cawley noted working mothers are significantly more likely to spend time purchasing prepared foods – takeout from restaurants or prepackaged, ready-to-eat meals from grocery stores – which are generally less nutritious than home-cooked meals.
"It's important to remember that we can take steps to enhance childhood nutrition and physical activity without advocating that women exit the workforce," Cawley said. "In order to make more informed decisions, consumers need to have nutrition and calorie information available where they buy their food."


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