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Date published: 2005/04/19

The BBC says:

The children of women who work have better diets than those whose mothers stay at home, researchers have found.

The University of Glasgow researchers analysed information from over 2,000 11-year-olds and their parents.

They found children whose mothers did not work were more likely to eat unhealthy snacks.
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The data was collected in 1994 to 1995 as part of a major study of the health and lifestyles of children in the West of Scotland.
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Parents provided information about the household, the mother's qualifications and whether or not she was working.

The researchers found 63% of children whose mothers were at home full-time were classed as eating "less healthily", compared to 52% of those whose mothers worked full-time.

Mothers who worked full-time did tend to live in less deprived areas, which the researchers said could account for the difference.

Ten-year old data, bizarre. This looks like a classic confusion of correlation and causation, which is pretty much admitted in the last paragraph. The meaningful link, as with most things in life, is with income. It's hard to believe that the BBC gives this kind of "research" any publicity.

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