Weighty Impact of Working Mothers

Researchers investigating the links between a preschooler’s weight and their mother’s work schedule found sleep was a primary factor for weight regulation. Children of full time working mothers slept less and had higher BMI’s than children whose mothers worked less than 20 hrs/week. Children’s sleep patterns may mirror mom’s by staying up later for quality time and rising when mom gets ready for work.

PositiveTip: As you juggle home and work life, aim to allow 11-12 hours of sleep for your preschooler.