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New Study Finds: Moms Who Read Studies More Likely To Go Insane

By Alice Bradley

An article came out this week that is so brilliant that it’s worth quoting at length. Like most science articles, it’s about a new study, and like so many studies, it’s one that blames mothers for more of the world’s ills. This most recent study (from Britain, which makes me feel a little better, but not much) has shown that successful working women are more likely to have fat kids. And guess whose fault it is! Yes, this “astonishing” new study proves without a doubt that “the nation’s higher-paid working mothers bear much of the responsibility for the country’s ticking obesity time bomb, and not the poorer working-class families who are usually blamed.”
It’s a shame when you can’t blame the poor people, isn’t it? But blaming women who have the nerve to get ahead—that’s a bit of a consolation. So, the selfish women who work and excel at their job–the very people who have a hard time abandoning their careers for their children—are guilty of raising a generation of fatties. If you have ambition, moms, you’re killing your family. Congratulations. Enjoy that fancy job title!
Let’s keep reading, shall we?
“More shockingly, the risk of childhood obesity soars in direct correlation with family income.”
I have to say, that is fairly shocking—hold on, Henry wants something from me. Again. What was that you wanted, son? A hug? What’s that? I have a deadline, kid, can we hurry this up? Now you want a king-sized Twix bar? Listen, my career’s not going thatwell–here’s a fun-sized Reese’s I nabbed from the Jiffy Lube.
Where were we?
“‘Long hours of maternal employment, rather than lack of money, may impede young children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity,’ say the researchers from the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), writing in the International Journal of Obesity this week.”
I can understand this. Because mothers are responsible for what their child is eating and doing, even when they’re not there. Not the caretakers of said child, oh no. Just this morning I was psychically directing the counselors at Henry’s camp to put away the grapes they were going to feed the children for snacktime, and instead load them up on Oreos and apple juice. Me. I did that.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the employment status of fathers isn’t being held up for scrutiny. That’s because long hours of paternal employment have no effect on children; after all, men have to work, and the children understand and appreciate that. While women following their little hobbies or whatever build up fat-giving resentment in the systems of their offspring.
“Compounding the misery for working mothers, the study found that children’s weight problems got worse if mothers relied on a nanny to hold the fort while they pursued their careers. Children in childcare are 24 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese than children cared for by their mother or her partner.”
Well, consider my misery compounded. Science sure is useful! Hey, why has no one considered leaving the child with the family pet? If we have learned nothing else from the Carl books, it’s that dogs will keep your child entertained and exercised all day. And because dogs lack opposable thumbs, your child isn’t likely to overeat—or, hell, eat anything at all! Except maybe some nutritious kibble.
Now this story, which I am loving so much I kind of wished I lived in England, but not really, goes on to quote one working mother of four: “‘I don’t think that working mothers feed their kids less well than mums that stay at home. I’m actually better at organising what the kids eat when I’m working. I plan meals rather than just thinking, ‘I’ll sort it out later.'” Despite her best endeavours, one of her four children, Zoe, 16, is overweight…”
Good lord, woman, you have to be at high school with your daughter, making sure she’s not filling up on chips! Is it the school’s fault that that all the lunch options are deep-fried? If you had the time and the desire and the love to not only make your teen’s lunches but also spoon-feed them to her in the cafeteria, she wouldn’t be so grotesquely overweight. We all know that children whose mothers care about them enough to sacrifice their own lives never eat junk food. It’s a proven fact. At least, it probably will be, at some point.
Moving on: “Michael Scanlan, speaking for the Family and Parenting Institute, defended mothers’ right to work. “For many parents working is not a choice, it is a necessity. While research like this is very valid it can make parents feel guilty…”
Listen, maybe a little guilt would be good for them. I hear it burns calories.
In conclusion: “Dr Michele Elliott of Kidscape said:”The causative factor here has to be poor parenting regardless of whether you are working or not working.” To which the article’s author wrote, “Yeah, but the study proved that the causative factor is being a working mother, so I guess that means that working moms are lousy parents! Suck on that, Mrs. Doctor!” but then the editor circled that part in red and wrote “too much?’ so he had to take it out. Oh, but he wanted to leave it in. You know he did.

Published July 27, 2007. Last updated May 10, 2010.
Alice Bradley
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Alice Bradley

Alice Bradley was a regular contributor to Alpha Mom, writing about current events as they related to parenting. You can read about her daily life at her personal blog, Finslippy.


Alice Bradley was a regular contributor to Alpha Mom, writing about current events as they related to parenting. You can read about her daily life at her personal blog, Finslippy.

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