When moms can’t feed their kids their favorite foods
A new study from the University of Maryland shows that when moms can no longer afford the nutritious food and snacks their kids crave, it’s putting their health at risk.
In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers found that mothers who had difficulty feeding their children the most important foods were more likely to develop obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions later in life.
The study looked at a cohort of 6,500 children in the Baltimore City Public School System who were participating in a food monitoring program, and found that children who were at high risk for obesity had more health problems as adults.
Mothers who were also at high-risk were more than twice as likely to have chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes later in their lives, the researchers found.
The study was based on data from 2,300 participants who were enrolled in the Healthy Living Study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
“When moms can afford the foods they need to meet their children’s needs, they can afford to spend less time at home and more time with their children,” said lead researcher, Dr. Emily Czaja.
“In a nutshell, our findings suggest that when we’re making decisions about how to spend our time, we need to be able to weigh our choices against the long-term health of our children.”
“When mothers can no long afford to have the foods that their children crave, they’re putting their children at risk,” Czaj added.
This study was done with data from more than 200,000 children in Baltimore City’s public schools.
The findings were based on participants in the Maryland Healthy Living Survey.
The Healthy Living study is funded through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The University of Baltimore’s Center for the Study of Adolescent Health and Development is a part of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.