A new U.S. study advance as an explanation for childhood obesity ravaging the country, the fact that more and more mothers are working and therefore leave the child in relation to its food cravings, or have no time to choose a balanced meal.
Children of working mothers have higher risk of suffering from overweight and obesity if one believes a recent U.S. study on the subject, published in the journal Child Development. The study is based on results obtained from 979 children. This would show a link between non-rebuttable childhood obesity and activity of the mother.
The study was conducted by researchers at the American University of Washington and University of Chicago and Cornell University in New York. The researchers found that "each time period of 5.3 months on average where a mother works is associated with an increase in body mass index (BMI) of her child 10% above normal. For a child Normal size is the equivalent every five months a gain of almost 500 grams more than the normal weight gain associated with child growth. "
No real explanation has been advanced to explain this result, except that the researchers believe that this is due to the fact that the working mother has less time than the housewife to do grocery shopping to choose cook healthy food and balanced manner.