Working Moms' Kids Are Less Healthy, Study Says

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Moms who work outside the home don't have time for a healthy lifestyle, study says. Credit: moriza, Flickr

Get your boxing gloves out, ladies, there's a new salvo being fired in the Mommy Wars -- a study out of Britain reveals that kids of working mothers aren't as healthy as children whose moms who stay at home.

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.

Researchers speculate that working mothers have less time to ensure that their offspring are eating right and getting enough exercise, according to the story.

And surprise, surprise -- it may also mean that those women have less time to take care of themselves.

More than half of British and American women enter the workforce after having kids, according to the Sun. The study did not take into account the health of kids who have stay-at-home dads, whose numbers may be rising due to the recession. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan at Flint, told the Sun that the unemployment rate for men is running 2.7 percentage points higher than for women.

Is this just another excuse to pit moms against one another, or does this research ring true for you?

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