Are Working Moms to Blame for Childhood Obesity?

February 4, 2011

As we come to recognize the problem of global obesity, discussion is invariable turning to what are we going to do about it, and who’s to blame. Time delves into current research and ask the loaded question-Are Working Moms to Blame for Childhood Obesity? Good headline guaranteed to rankle all the working moms out there.

In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled. Couple that with the stat that 70% of U.S. mothers with young children work, and it’s not unreasonable to be concerned. Of course, there are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity, including easy access to cheap, prepared foods and kids’ increasing preference for apps over exercise.

Source: Time

I favour Mark Bittmann’s approach, without leveling the same proportion of blame, he adds his voice to the problem of how we should tackle the problem of growing world wide obesity in his New York Times article – A Food Manifesto for the Future

Encourage and subsidize home cooking. (Someday soon, I’ll write about my idea for a new Civilian Cooking Corps.) When people cook their own food, they make better choices. When families eat together, they’re more stable. We should provide food education for children (a new form of home ec, anyone?), cooking classes for anyone who wants them and even cooking assistance for those unable to cook for themselves.

Source:New York Times

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