Kids with working mums at greater risk of obesity

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 16:12 PM IST

London: Children whose mothers are in full-time employment are at greater risk of obesity even if their father is a stay-at-home parent, according to experts.

Their study highlights that men about the house fail to realise the importance of their child`s eating habits.

Study authors say that it is important for both parents to discuss day-to-day responsibilities, including food preparation and mealtimes.

John Cawley, from Cornell University and Feng Liu used data on almost 25,000 families from a yearly survey of how Americans spend their time.

Data showed that on average women who worked spent 127 fewer minutes per day with their children than stay-at-home mothers.

However stay-at-home fathers failed to offset the difference.

“We`re not trying to say men are scum,” Cawley told BuzzFeed.

Cawley and Liu noted that preparing meals from scratch and eating as a family could decrease a child``s risk of obesity.

They also suggest that schools could offer healthier food and better physical education.

The study is published in the June issue of Economics and Human Biology.

ANI