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Study Finds Parents Fatter Than Childless Adults

Today's Duh News: Study Finds Having Kids Causes Weight Gain

The headline "Having Kids Might Make Young Women Heavier, Less Fit" is far from groundbreaking, and in fact, it leaves me scratching my head at how these results are making headlines in the first place.

With the weight gain of pregnancy, sleepless nights with a crying baby, stressful schedules devoted to extracurricular activities over gym time, fast food pit stops for picky-eating kids, and less money and time for healthy home-cooked meals, is anyone really surprised that parents of young children are less healthy than adults without kids? I doubt it. I guess it's possible some people are shocked by this "news" with all the superhuman celebrities who magically drastically drop the baby weight weeks after childbirth, forgetting that many women without personal trainers, dietitians, and nannies may not rebound as quickly (or ever) to their prebaby weight.

We love looking at love, sex, and relationship studies to gain insight into the how and why of what we do, but maybe these latest findings have tipped me over into a state of study-fatigue. What's the dumbest study you've ever come across?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Great posts, Betty! "I think a lot of women blame their weight on their children, it's just an easy excuse. " Agree 100%!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
3 hours of free time, but who says you can't exercise with your kid? Babies love work out videos, even though they barely know what's going on- usually turns into roll around on the ground and laugh at mommy while she exercises... sets a good example and burns calories though! Take a walk, bike ride, play tag, go to the play ground. There's so much a woman can do with her kid to keep active. Anon 6 makes a great point. Sometimes I hear about women with healthy pregnancies who take maternity leave at 5 months and don't lift a finger til baby comes... it doesn't make sense to me. Up til I was 8 1/2 months I worked full time and hiked 5 miles twice a week semi-rugged terrain. I just don't see why any woman would incapacitate herself if it wasn't medically necessary. Anyway, I've never been obese but I've always had to work hard to keep extra weight off, sometimes I'll be talking about it and someone will say "oh but you're a mom." It makes me so mad! My weight has been up and down my entire life and I've always had to mind my diet and keep active or I gain weight easy. I think a lot of women blame their weight on their children, it's just an easy excuse.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i think the study results presented here and in the linked article are kind of "duh", but i'd really like to see the entire paper. i think it probably brings up some very good points. the socioeconomic element really is fascinating. this is nowhere near the dumbest research article i've ever seen, and i don't even think it ranks in the top 10 dumbest research articles presented on this site.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Wow, Tara, bitter much?
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Somehow I manage to maintain a normal BMI and not eat junk food all day long, even though I have a kid... guess that means I'm a superhuman celebrity! Awesome! I would be interested in how many moms who put their heart into eating healthy and being fit are unable to do it. There's this idea that once you have kids your kids are your life, and if you put yourself first you're a bad mom- I have never bought into that idea and I never will. My kid is just one part of my life, and what's best for her in the long run is to have a mother who is happy and healthy. I think a lot of women sacrifice themselves thinking they're doing what's best for their kids. Instead of looking at what their BMI is, maybe studies should look into WHY mothers choose not to take care of themselves as best they can, more often than women without kids.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Study shows that choices and actions often have an effect, result, or outcome!
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