Working Moms Cause Childhood Obesity; Yeah, Right! And I’m the Pope!

February 5, 2011 at 12:11 am 18 comments

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I found an article on the internet today that’s just plain silly and blatantly sexist. Not surprisingly, it’s featured on Fox News. The article mentions a study conducted by a female graduate student that attempts to correlate the amount of hours a mother works per week with her child’s increased chances of being obese, as compared to moms who stay at home.

This article is so biased it incensed me. You know, in American society most of the time a man and a woman have a child together, and then they, together, have to feed and care for the child. That is a joint responsibility that all too frequently ends up on Mom’s checklist. Dad’s checklist hasn’t changed: go to work and bring home the bacon, mow the lawn, take the trash out, and fix stuff when it’s broken. Mom’s checklist has changed: care for kids and husband and make sure they have food and medical care and a clean, warm, comfortable home, and bring home the bacon.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that women work. If you’re a stay at home parent of either gender, I applaud you as well. If you can afford to do so, then children are always better cared for when a loving parent stays home with them. But not everyone has that luxury. The single dad doesn’t. The single mom doesn’t. The couples who work for low wages don’t.

Why didn’t the study attempt to correlate the amount of time that parents spend working with childhood obesity? Why didn’t the study take into account stay at home dads? Why didn’t the study also look at gay and lesbian couples who raise children? Why are we once again targeting mothers as being solely responsible for their child’s well-being and not calling fathers to task as well?

I’ll tell you why. This is the feminist backlash at work once again. Keep those women barefoot and pregnant! Don’t give them career options, fool! Marry them young and hot and make sure that they don’t ever crawl out from under your thumb. If they can make as much money as men can, then they will figure out that they don’t need men. The sad thing about the feminist backlash is just how many women help some men to perpetuate this inequality, ones like the stupid bitch woman who conducted this study.

Many women don’t need men nowadays, but that’s not a bad thing. We still want them. We still love them. And wouldn’t it be a better feeling for both sexes to know that we’re in relationships with people that we respect and love instead of people that we want to merely use for their wallets or their housekeeping services? Wouldn’t you like to know that your woman has choices, and she chose you just because you’re you?

There may be a connection between women working and children being obese, but it doesn’t mean that there’s a cause and effect relationship. The cause of children, or anyone, being fat is taking in more calories than you burn. If you want to lose weight, then eat less and move more. It’s that simple. It has nothing to do with whether or not your mom works or how many hours she does work.

The article surmises that women who work don’t have time to prepare healthy meals, and so the childrens’ diets suffer as a result. Why is this automatically the mom’s fault? Where is dad in this equation? Did he skip out? Is he working, too? How come he can’t help out and make a healthy meal? Did he lose the use of his hands?

I sometimes wonder on this blog why I seem to be in the tiny minority of people in the world who can recognize this injustice for exactly what it is. I told the woman who sits next to me at work how I felt, and she understood. She’s expecting a baby in two more months, and she and her husband can’t afford for either of them to quit working. These aren’t frivolous people. They own one car that they share, and they live in a one bedroom apartment in a reasonably priced neighborhood. She gets it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/childhood-obesity-_n_818385.html

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  • 1. Amanda  |  February 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I love how you blame Fox for everything, its funny to me. But you seem to get a lot of ideas for your articles from them. Just sayin

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    • 2. Author  |  February 5, 2011 at 1:38 am

      Yep. I should send them a damn thank you note. You are absolutely right.

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  • 3. anne  |  February 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Always interesting to read your posts!
    Thanks. always varied and thought provoking. i totally agree with your pov, but have to laugh at you calling the woman a stupid bitch- she is a product of society, and besides, the statistics would have been much more difficult to take the extra variables into account.
    WRITE ON!

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    • 4. Author  |  February 5, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Thank you for the comment.

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  • 5. Amanda  |  February 5, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Hardy har, har.

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  • 7. Solomon II  |  February 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    1. “Dad’s checklist hasn’t changed.” [but] “Mom’s checklist has changed.”

    2. And now more kids are fat.

    3. “Why didn’t the study take into account stay at home dads?”

    4. Please see your own words in #1.

    5. “There may be a connection between women working and children being obese, but it doesn’t mean that there’s a cause and effect relationship.”

    6. Please look up the definition of “connection” because that’s EXACTLY what it means.

    7. “The article surmises that women who work don’t have time to prepare healthy meals, and so the children’s’ diets suffer as a result.”

    8. How can you possibly argue against #7?

    9. “Why is this automatically the mom’s fault?” Oh, you can’t argue against it. You just want to share the blame with someone else. Now, go back up and read #1 again.

    10. “I sometimes wonder on this blog why I seem to be in the tiny minority of people in the world who can recognize this injustice for exactly what it is.” That’s because it’s not an injustice. It’s simply another example of a woman making a choice, and not wanting to deal with the consequences. Please read #1 again.

    If a man exercised his “right” to reduce his workload to less than 40 hours per week in order to find personal fulfillment and it resulted in his children losing medical insurance, is it the mom’s duty to work more to pay for medical insurance? I mean, his traditional “checklist” as you call it has simply changed and now his children are at a greater risk than they were before, but he has the “right” to do so. Should mom step up to the plate and pick up the slack?

    Of course not. We both know that moms and dads need to work out changes to their “checklist” in advance to minimize negative consequences. It seems childhood obesity slipped through the cracks in this case when mom started working more. The study proves that childhood obesity increases as changes in mom’s “checklist” increases. Mom is the variable here, not dad. Take it for what it’s worth and deal with the issue instead of shaming Fox News for simply reporting academic research.

    Why not write a post encouraging working moms and dads to pay closer attention to their children’s health, and offer ways to go about maintaining a balanced family “checklist” so that the children don’t suffer? Because you can’t without suggesting hiring a nanny – something most families can’t afford. You know as well as I do that someone has to be around in order to raise healthy children. Be it mom or dad, someone has to take responsibility for face-to-face nurturing, nutrition, and physical exercise time. I believe the person who should take responsibility is the person who’s “checklist” revisions ushered in the negative trend.

    Your proclivity for making ad hominem arguments never ceases to amaze me.

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    • 8. Author  |  February 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      A connection is not a cause and effect relationship. Read the linked article and see that. Working moms don’t cause childhood obesity. Kids taking in more calories than they spend causes that. It’s not mom’s fault that a kid is fat anymore than dad’s. If both parents are responsible for children, then they are equally culpable.

      As for a connection being cause and effect, you obviously never paid attention in statistics class:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation

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      • 9. Solomon II  |  February 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        “Kids taking in more calories than they spend causes that.” is a direct result of no one being home to monitor nutrition, since mom changed her “checklist”.

        If I peel out in my car and my tires go bald, I can blame friction all I want and be technically accurate. I’ll still have to pay for new tires though.

        Your argument is one of technicality (calories did it) and blame (where is the man?) when mom’s change of checklist ushered in an unwanted change.

        That’s kind of like me blaming your idiotic post on Google.

      • 10. Author  |  February 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Why is food a woman’s sole responsibility? Why are children a woman’s sole responsibility? Answer: they aren’t. It takes two people to create a child. Those people are equally responsible for the child’s well-being. Your argument is imbecilic.

        When mom goes to work that doesn’t mean that she works and then also gets to take care of all the household chores and childrearing responsibilities as well. It means that both parents should be pitching in at home, but for some reason that’s not happening. If dad or mom were staying at home while the other parent worked, then I would expect one parent to be wholly or mostly responsible, but when that’s not the case, that doesn’t mean that gets to sit around be another kid. A real grown up has responsibilities beyond just going to work.

    • 11. Author  |  February 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Don’t you see how your argument that the checklist has changed due to “choices” that women made isn’t a sound one? Your argument is that because women chose to work, then they chose to add one more thing to their list without removing any others. Where does dad come into the equation here? What I’m saying is that in most American households women still do the bulk of the household chores. How is that fair and equitable. Also, for the reasons I mentioned, this study is unquestionably biased. How you fail to see that never ceases to amaze me.

      Parents should make choices together for the health of their children. Why do you assume that dad wants to lower his workload but can’t because he provides the health insurance? It could just as easily be mom. Families need to make healthy choices for their children. This should involve male and female partners each making sacrifices in terms of work and household chores, such as, for instance, cooking.

      http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/household-chores-by-gender/

      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6637661

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  • 12. Amanda  |  February 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I might be sorry for mentioning this but i am always amazed when people don’t have children and have never been married or been a working mom or dad try to tell those of us who have, how to do it all. There is no perfect solution. Only a solution that works for you and your family at the moment and this is constantly subject to change. I do agree that it’s unfair to blame a working mom for her children being obese because she has to/chooses to work. Its unfair and adds one more thing for a working mom to feel guilty about.

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    • 13. Author  |  February 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

      I agree that there is no perfect solution and that a woman or man who’s never walked in your shoes can’t really know why you make the choices you make. You make the choices that are best for your family.

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  • 14. Eric  |  February 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Man and woman make child together, and in history ages ago man left “family” and woman raised child alone. Look at the rest of nature around you, how many father deer and polar bears do you see? Oh and you really don’t see that many fat animals either, reason being natures a ****** and takes care of population control on its own. Man kind has become fat, lazy, and dependent upon too much that the rest of society produces for them. So the short story is get off your lazy ***** and do some real work, and drag your kids out to help you.

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    • 15. Author  |  February 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      I love it when people like you comment, Eric, because you just prove my theory about men from the manosphere being stupid. You also prove my theory that men from the manosphere are lazy, and you explain why men from the manosphere spend all their time bitching about the women they can’t get. No woman with a brain would sign up for a guy like you.

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      • 16. Eric  |  February 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

        Please define manosphere because i did a quick Google search and cannot seem to find any definition for a fake, made up word. As a matter of fact it tries to correct my entry by saying did you mean atmosphere? I’m guessing you also like to read fictitious books like the bible. Also Ive been happily married for a couple of years and dated the same woman for about 10 years before that. We are both very happy living our lives without children (a huge “anti-green carbon footprint by the way).

      • 17. Author  |  February 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        No, I meant manosphere, not atmosphere. Try googling again, ’cause when I google I pull up several entries, including this one: http://www.the-spearhead.com/2010/04/02/the-fatalism-of-the-manosphere/. Yes, it’s a made up word. It pertains to blogging sites where male chauvinists congregate to perpetuate their male chauvinist views. I’m glad you’re happy living your lives without children. Children are not for everyone, and it would be irresponsible to have children that are unwanted.

  • 18. Addie Broyles  |  February 14, 2011 at 2:11 am

    What a heated debate! It’s easy, especially for men, to blame things like kids’ health problems on women because we’re clearly still surrounded by an old school way of thinking about the division of labor within a household. It’s too bad that we haven’t come a little further, but you’re doing a great job pushing the envelope by writing posts like these. Keep it up!

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