September 30, 2009 --British researchers have found that children are more likely to be unhealthy if their moms work outside the home. A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health focused on more than 12,000 5-year-olds. It found those with mothers employed full or part-time were less active and more likely to eat unhealthy food. This includes drinking more sugary sodas, watching more TV, using the computer more frequently and generally getting less exercise.
Time constraints seem to be the biggest issue.
Researchers say the study does not imply mothers should not work. Experts say it underscores the need for better polices and programs to help support working parents.