Obesity has been a major concern for the United States and most other industrialized countries over the past few decades. More than one third of children and adolescents in the United States are obese or overweight. Child obesity is of particular interest because overweight children are more likely to be overweight as adults, and such adults are exposed to various diseases. During the same period that witnessed an increase in child obesity, an important change that occurred was the increase in maternal employment. This study is an attempt to analyze the relationship between maternal employment and child obesity. This study used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY)79, child/young adults, 1986-2010 cohorts obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. The results of this study show that maternal employment is significantly and positively correlated with child obesity.
Key words: child obesity, maternal employment, overweight children
Agiro, Bezawit T.
"The Effect of Maternal Employment on Child Obesity,"
International Journal of African Development: Vol. 3:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/ijad/vol3/iss2/8