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The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study
Date:2/4/2011

estigate what role the fathers' work played in their children's physical health, which Morrissey said wasn't particularly surprising.

"The data set we analyzed was from the early 1990s, and a study that starts today might have different employment patterns for fathers," she said. "On the other hand, even though dads today are participating a lot more in things like child care, cleaning and cooking, it seems that working moms still bear the brunt of family responsibilities."

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For more on childhood obesity, go to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SOURCES: Taryn W. Morrissey, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of public administration and policy, American University School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.; Alison E. Field, Sc.D., associate professor, pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston; January/February 2011, Child Development


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