MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Jianghong Li, Senior Research Fellow
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Telethon KIDS Institute, The University of Western Australia
West Perth, Western Australia
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Over the last three to four decades, the prevalence of child overweight/obesity and maternal employment has both increased worldwide. This co-occurrence has drawn much attention to the connection between these two trends. Previous studies, predominantly based on US samples and cross-sectional data, has linked longer working hours to children’s higher body mass index (BMI), suggesting that any maternal employment was a risk for child health.