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Modern moms spending more time watching TV than cleaning

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On Dec. 2 LA Times shares a new look done on the modern mom and how they spend their time. Compared to forty years ago, when most mothers stayed home with the children, and did all the cooking and cleaning of the home, it is found that more moms don't do nearly as much cleaning as they used to.

The study performed by the Mayo Clinic found that mothers with children ages five to 18 on average spend 11-14 hours fewer in physical activity than they did in 1965. This includes cleaning the home, playing with the children, and meal preparations. Those same women that spend fewer hours in physical activity have also increased their sedentary activities by approximately seven hours. These activities include surfing the internet, watching TV, and driving.

The dramatic effect of this 45 year change in physical activity results in 177 more calories with older children at home and 225 more calories for preschool aged children in the home not being burned off. There is no secret that a woman's eating and activity habits directly affect her children as well which is likely a huge contributing factor to childhood diabetes and obesity.

The study only looked at unpaid work hours (things done outside of a paying job) of mothers. Upon looking at the time-used charts that the Mayo Clinic used to determine their findings, they claim that most of the decline of physical activity stems from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and seemingly stabilized in the 90s where it has been maintained.

What do you think of these findings? Would you say that they seem accurate?



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