Work/Motherhood Diet

May 16, 2006

According to a new study, work and motherhood are a healthy combination for women.  

Did you know that women who have multiple roles were less likely than homemakers, single mothers or childless females to report poor health or to be obese in middle age? So, according to this study, women are relatively healthier as a result of combining work and family life.

In the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, McMunn and her team analyzed self-reported health records of more than 2,000 women at the ages of 26 and 54 and their body mass index, a method of measuring obesity.

Information on their marital status, work history and whether they had children was also included.

The researchers found that women who had been homemakers most of their lives were most likely to report poor health, followed by single mothers and childless women.

Homemakers tended to gain weight more quickly and had the highest rate of obesity at 38 percent while women who were employees, wives and mothers had the lowest.

Personally, I think it’s because we just can’t find time to eat!

So, let’s see…according to this study, I’m second most likely to report poor health. What am I doing wrong? Well, the conclusion of the article points out the obvious:  “There may be potential long-term health benefits of being able to participate in all areas of society.”

I guess it comes down to what those Kaiser Permanente commercials keep telling us: “Life is NOT a spectator sport!!”