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Research: Working mums have fatter kids


As if it wasn’t hard enough to be a female entrepreneur, and a mother to boot. Now comes news that mothers of modest means who are working full time are more likely to have fat kids.

University of NSW researcher Anna Zhu will present a paper today to the Australian Social Policy Conference in Sydney stating that working mums from families earning less than $1,000 per week are 12 percent more likely to have overweight kids than wealthier working mothers or stay-at-home mums.

Apparently fast food is to blame. However, Zhu points out that her research findings shouldn’t be seen as evidence that mothers should not work.