Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/74790
Authors: 
Gwozdz, Wencke
Sousa-Poza, Alfonso
Reisch, Lucia A.
Ahrens, Wolfgang
De Henauw, Stefaan
Eiben, Gabriele
Fernandez-Alvira, Juan M.
Hadjigeorgiou, Charalampos
Kovacs, Eva
Lauria, Fabio
Veidebaum, Toomas
Williams, Garrath
Bammann, Karin
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
FZID Discussion Paper 73-2013
Abstract: 
The substantial increase in female employment rates in Europe over the past two decades has often been linked in political and public rhetoric to negative effects on child development, including obesity. We analyse this association between maternal employment and childhood obesity using rich objective reports of various anthropometric and other measures of fatness from the IDEFICS study of children aged 2-9 in 16 regions of eight European countries. Based on such data as accelerometer measures and information from nutritional diaries, we also investigate the effects of maternal employment on obesity's main drivers: calorie intake and physical activity. Our analysis provides little evidence for any association between maternal employment and childhood obesity, diet or physical activity.
Subjects: 
Maternal employment
Children
Obesity
Europe
JEL: 
I12
J13
J22
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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