05 Feb '11, 11pm

THE more mothers work during their children's lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese: Study

Researchers found that the total number of years the children's mothers worked had a cumulative influence on their children's body mass index. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - THE more mothers work during their children's lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese, a US study published on Friday found. Researchers from American University in Washington, Cornell University in New York state and the University of Chicago studied data on more than 900 elementary- and middle school-aged children in 10 US cities. They found that the total number of years the children's mothers worked had a cumulative influence on their children's body mass index (BMI) - the weight to height ratio used to measure if a person is overweight or obese. 'Every period of time (averaging 5.3 months) a mother was employed was associated with an increase in her child's BMI of 10 per ce...

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