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UCL in the News: Working mums 'put children at greater risk of obesity'

23 July 2007

Working mothers are putting their children at a greater risk of obesity, a new study has found.

The offspring of mothers who work long hours have less access to healthy foods and physical activity, the study suggests. …

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, revealed that lack of time, and not lack of money, is the most significant factor in childhood obesity. …

The study was carried out by the UCL Institute of Child Health. …

Researchers found that 24 per cent of the children of the 7629 mothers who worked were overweight.

Of these, 28 per cent admitted they did not spend enough time with their child because of work.

'The Scotsman'