Parenthood is a major life-altering event, and in case we didn't already know it, a new study in the journal Pediatrics is putting it into writing.
The study followed 1,500 high school students into their mid-20s and found that those who became parents got far less exercise than their childless peers. But moms may be doing even worse.
Unlike their paternal counterparts, mothers tended to have a higher body mass index (BMI) and less healthy diets than women of the same age without kids.
So — what's new? Perhaps it's time to unpack a subtle cultural trend that needs greater examination.
- Rachel Zimmerman, co-host, WBUR's CommonHealth blog
This segment aired on April 12, 2011.