Maternal employment and childhood obesity:a European perspective

Gwozdz, Wencke and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso and Reisch, Lucia and Ahrens, Wolfgang and Eiben, Gabriele and Fernández-Alvira, Juan and Hadjigeorgiou, Charalampos and De Henauw, Stefaan and Kovács, Éva and Lauria, Fabio and Veidebaum, Toomas and Williams, Garrath and Bammann, Karin (2013) Maternal employment and childhood obesity:a European perspective. Journal of Health Economics, 32 (4). pp. 728-742. ISSN 0167-6296

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The substantial increase in female employment rates in Europe over the past two decades has often been linked in political and public rhetoric to negative effects on child development, including obesity. We analyse this association between maternal employment and childhood obesity using rich objective reports of various anthropometric and other measures of fatness from the IDEFICS study of children aged 2-9 in 16 regions of eight European countries. Based on such data as accelerometer measures and information from nutritional diaries, we also investigate the effects of maternal employment on obesity's main drivers: calorie intake and physical activity. Our analysis provides little evidence for any association between maternal employment and childhood obesity, diet or physical activity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2719
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 65835
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2013 10:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 08:14

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