Saturday 08/19/2017

mybesthealthportal.net : The leading source for health, fitness, weight loss, nutrition and anti aging health and wellness information


CONNECT :

Top Nutrition Headlines

New Research Suggests Brown Rice Can Off…

New Research Suggests Brown Rice Can Offer Cardiovascular Protection

New research suggests a component in a layer of tissue surrounding grains of brown rice may help pro... Read more

Young Mothers Heavier and Eat Worse than their Peers who Do Not Have Children Featured

Rate this item
(0 votes)

teen-momYoung mothers tend to be heavier than their peers who don't have children, and young mothers also consume more saturated fat, sugary beverages and total calories, a new study published online April 11 in the journal Pediatrics suggests.

Examining data from Project EAT (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults), researchers from the University of Minnesota focused on the link between parental status, dietary intake, physical activity and body mass index (BMI) in 838 women and 682 men with an average age of 25.

While fathers were no heavier than their non-parenting peers, young mothers had significantly higher BMIs, and both moms and dads exercised less frequently. But despite their greater intake of fat, sugar and calories, the young mothers also consumed as much fruit, dairy, whole grains and calcium as non-mothers, the study found.

Study author Jerica Berge said these mothers might be assuming more child-care duties than the dads, leading to the weight disparity. The aftereffects of pregnancy might also be a factor, Berge said.

"Maybe moms are taking on more responsibilities, including cooking the food for the kids, with these high-fat choices," said Berge, an assistant professor of family medicineyoung-mom and community health. "In parenting, there are conflicting demands and tradeoffs. It could [also] be they're too tired at the end of the day and might not want to go to the gym."

Project EAT, a longitudinal population study, followed young participants through three age points between 1998 and 2009, as they progressed into young adulthood.

Participants who became parents between the second and third follow-ups and had a child aged 5 or younger formed the parent group in the study.

Height and weight were self-reported, while a food-frequency questionnaire was used to assess the typical intake of such foods as  dark green and orange vegetables, milk products, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit over the prior year.

Young adults were also asked how many hours in a usual week they spent doing activities ranging from jogging or rollerblading to dancing, biking, skiing, or bowling.

The fact that young mothers also consumed a similar amount of healthy foods than non-mothers may suggest they are trying to be good role models for their children, Berge said, although their use of higher-fat foods may stem from having less time to cook.

"I do think the study makes some good points about the struggles of being a young parent and balancing work and family life, and finding the time to plan physical activity," said Jen Brennan, clinical nutrition manager at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "It's really easy to grab something unhealthy."

Health care professionals have many opportunities to intervene in this dynamic, Berge and Brennan said, because young children typically see pediatricians at least several times a year.

Public health campaigns can also encourage healthy lifestyles for parents to set the stage for their children, Berge and Brennan said.

" Health care professionals already have time to talk about dietary intake and physical activity. There might be an opportunity to throw in, 'how does this work from a family perspective?'" noted Berge.

"Obviously, we need more research before we go off and change everything," Berge added. "We're not out there to make parents feel guilty about it -- it's more for us to step back and ask, how can we support them?"

SOURCES:

  • April 11, 2011, Pediatrics, online;
  • Jerica Berge, Ph.D., assistant professor, family medicine and community health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis;
  • Jen Brennan, R.D., C.D.N., clinical nutrition manager, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.
Last modified on Saturday, 28 January 2012 08:04
Login to post comments

Sponsors

Advertisers

RSS

Most Viewed Articles

Most Recent Comments

Stock Market

Loading
Chart
o Dow Jones 21,674.51 ▼76.22 (-0.35%)
o S&P 500 2,425.55 ▼4.46 (-0.18%)
o NASDAQ 6,216.53 ▼5.39 (-0.09%)
INDEXDJX:.DJI

Dow Jones

Company ID [INDEXDJX:.DJI] Last trade:21,674.51 Trade time:4:37PM EDT Value change:▼76.22 (-0.35%)
INDEXSP:.INX

S&P 500

Company ID [INDEXSP:.INX] Last trade:2,425.55 Trade time:4:37PM EDT Value change:▼4.46 (-0.18%)
INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC

NASDAQ

Company ID [INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC] Last trade:6,216.53 Trade time:5:15PM EDT Value change:▼5.39 (-0.09%)

Facebook Fans

Tools

Nutrition Tools

nutrition tools
Our nutrition tools include free food management systems, meal calculators and a search tool that provides nutrient and calorie content of 7,146 different foods.

Weight Loss Tools

weight-loss-tools
Our weight loss tools and calculators can give you the edge you need to can help you reach your weight loss goals and maintain your weight . They are free to and easy to use.

Metabolic Tools

bmi_tool
Use our free metabolic tools and calculators to determine your ideal body weight, your target heart rate, BMI, BMR and more.

Health Tools

doctors_health_tools
Our health tools and health calculators can help you reach your goals and control your health, nutrition and more. It's easy and free to get started.
External links are provided for reference purposes. The World News II is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. Template Design © Joomla Templates | GavickPro. All rights reserved.

Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the MyBestHealthPortal.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The information on this site is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Placement of product information or advertisements does not constitute and endorsement of the products of services described. MyBestHealthPortal.com is a registered trademark of the Behar Health Network.

Login or Register

Facebook user?

You can use your Facebook account to sign into our site.

Log in with Facebook

LOG IN

Register

User Registration
or Cancel