Poor nutrition sah/woh issue?

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Poor nutrition sah/woh issue?
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Tue, 12-29-2009 - 10:57pm
A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health showed that British kids whose moms worked outside the home drank more sugary drinks, walked to school less often, watched TV and used the computer more frequently than kids who had a stay-at-home parent, according to The Baltimore Sun.



Kids of working moms also lose out when it comes to nutrition -- the study showed that they ate fewer fresh fruits and veggies.



So maybe SAH moms don't have as much $$ in the budget for lots of sugary drinks. What does walking to school have to do with anything? SAH's live closer to the school? Watching TV and using the computer more, hmm, how much more and what are they watching or doing? Maybe SAHMs cook more meals, because I know when we eat on the run we tend to skip fruits/veggies, it's when we eat at home that we get those. And why does this matter? Does working cause your kids to be obese, cause them to get lower grades? I doubt it.



I agree with the second comment on there, the results are meaningless. Not only does the research show correlation not causation, but the article says right in there that the researchers are speculating about why this is. It's an observational study, there could be and likely are many factors contributing to those findings, which may or may not have anything to do with whether mom is WOH or SAH.

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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 9:49am

I think the study is a good springboard for other studies, but I do not think it actually tells us much in and of itself. I also think it has the potential to be used to make a point that would not be true--for an individual parent, I do not believe the choice to stay home or work will have much of an impact on their child's nutrition.


In some cases, extra income may help someone who wants to feed their children healthy food. It apparently is cheaper to

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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 10:45am
It doesn't really ring true for us. We're a dual income family. We have no television service, so our TVs are used only for movie watching and for playing games. During the school year, the kids are only allowed to access the screens on the weekends. This week, I have to admit that we've all been watching more. It's been snowing, not much fun outside, the kids are out of school and I am working half days. One of the kids got "From the Earth to the Moon," the old miniseries, for Christmas and three of the four of us have been watching an episode a night after dinner. Both kids have been, separarely, to go see Sherlock Holmes. On the other hand, the younger one walked back and forth to the theatre to see the movie; it's about 3/4 of a mile each way. And the older one has been going to the rec center almost every day from 10 to 12:30 to play basketball. The kids are offered fruit all day and fresh vegetables two meals a day, but at their ages - 13 and 17 -- I do not monitor what they eat and don't eat. We keep V8 Fusion on hand for them to drink, they go through about three bottles a week, that is the extent of the sugary drinks they get at home although I am sure they have sodas when they are out with friends. My kids don't walk to school unless they miss their rides, it is six miles away.
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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 11:48am

Isn't this the same study that was linked in the thread Work status and your kid's health?

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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 11:50am
I suspect that if you controlled for maternal education, there wouldn't be much difference. However, I can see how work status could impact some of these things in individual families, such as walking to school (no time to walk), tv watching/computer viewing (older kids home unsupervised after school), convenience food (less time for cooking).
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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 12:34pm
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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 2:43pm

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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 3:58pm

No problem. I read your link and it made me think of the other thread. Along with the other posters, I think that there are way too many unanswered questions that the study doesn't answer. For example, I work and we still have home cooked meals. From what I've read on other message boards and from what Joy and Erica have said, there are a lot of 20- and 30-something moms out there who were never taught to cook. That could have more to do with food preparation that work status. Up until this year, Dylan walked to and from school, 1 mile round trip. This year, his school is 4.5 miles away so I drive him. And there seems to be a lot of paranoia about kids playing (or walking to school) outside unsupervised that I didn't see when my girls were growing up or when I was a child.

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Thu, 12-31-2009 - 2:46am

I think that is exactly right:

"I guess in a way it kind of ends up being a catch 22 and therefore, the healthy eating is more determined by how each individual family decides to handle it rather than whether one or two parents work."

We eat healthy, home-cooked food when I decide to make that a priority. My work load is not really a factor. At the same time, I would never have a giant tub of cheese balls in my house, and that has nothing to do with my work status either.

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Thu, 12-31-2009 - 2:52am
Here I have also come across a subset of younger women who are PROUD that they don't know how to cook. The idea being that they have evolved past having to cook or something. It irks me when people, of either sex, have not been taught basic cooking skills, and we were actually taught in school (one year of weekly cooking class in a huge kitchen with 6 work stations/stoves). It must not be very nice to be completely dependent on restaurants and pre-packaged food.

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