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Study: As New Mom's Health Slips, Dad's Stays the Same

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A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that a new mother fails to adequately look after her own health, and a father's stays exactly the same. Is this a surprise to anyone?

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The study "followed about 1,500 high school students into their mid-20s, and found that those who became parents got far less exercise than their childless peers," reports CNN.com, adding, "Unlike fathers, mothers tended to have a higher body mass index (BMI) and less healthy diets than women of the same age without kids."

The article goes on to say that "The mothers in the study averaged about 400 calories more per day than other women. They also consumed more saturated fat, ate fewer green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, and drank nearly twice the amount of soda, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages," but the study found no difference in health among men.

Momlogic wants to know: has your health changed since having kids? Has your partner's as well? How do you make time for your own health?


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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 10:59 PM

I hope mothers in the future can learn that they should not stop eating healthily simply because their children complain they don’t like vegetables. Healthy eating should never be sacrificed because of a few tears. If a child doesn’t eat the food it’s given, it should go to bed hungry. After a while, it’ll learn to gobble up the healthy food served to it, and its parents will be able to keep themselves healthy too.

janet April 12, 2011, 7:57 AM

I’ve been trying to lose weight and it’s been hard with all the stress of raising kids. I just find myself eating fast food a lot because it is convenient.

janet April 12, 2011, 7:58 AM

I’ve been trying to lose weight and it’s been hard with all the stress of raising kids. I just find myself eating fast food a lot because it is convenient.


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