Is Your Job Making Your Kid Fat?

If working moms didn’t feel guilty enough for spending time away from their kids, a recent study has now come out showing that “the more mothers work during their children’s lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese.”

Although there are certainly a number of factors at play that can influence a child’s weight such as lack of physical exercise and time spent engaged in sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games, this specific study cites packaged and fast foods as the main culprit.

Many of us moms can relate to having a hectic schedule with seemingly little time to shop or cook.  A trip to the local fast food restaurant may seem like the perfect solution.  It’s cheap, it fills you up and it’s fast…. until you realize that a Happy Meal contains roughly 600 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat.

There is no doubt that families with two working parents require a little more juggling in order to strike that perfect balance between work and home life.  There may need to be compromises, but with one in three U.S. kids being overweight and obese, your children’s diet can’t be sacrificed.

Eating healthy does not need to be expensive or complicated, but it does require some planning.  From one mom to another, here are a couple tips to help make mealtime easier and healthier:

▪ Shop in advance, not after work when you’re tired.

▪ Create a list of go-to recipes that are easy to make, that your kids like and that you can easily put together.

▪ Keep nonperishable staples in the house so that there’s always something to cook in pinch.  A bag of frozen vegetables lasts a long time and adds nutrition to any meal.

▪ Cook in advance and freeze leftovers for future meals.

▪ Plan the week’s meals in advance and have the ingredients on-hand.

— Ilaria

Comments

  1. I understand busy…but I’m never too busy to cook a nutritious meal for my family. I actually find it easier to whip up something for my 4 year-old daughter. When it’s grocery weekend or we just need to fix her a quick lunch before we go somewhere, I pull out all her favorites to make a meal: cottage cheese, cubes of cheese or yogurt, half a fruit, veggies and dip, a half a bread roll or a tortilla and some sliced chicken or tofu sauteed quickly and seasoned in a pan and there, she’s got a perfectly balanced meal! Same can be done for dinner: noodles buttered and topped with parm or some rice, maybe a few mozzarella balls, frozen corn or peas or green beans and dip, half a fruit, and some protein source whether it be meatballs, chicken or tofu and again, fast and easy! It’s all about planning time to set aside and prepare food for the week and setting priorities. Every mom has mom guilt no matter how hard we try because we’re superwoman and we want everything to be perfect…so we have to try and focus on those areas that are most important to us.

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