Study: Parent work-family stress hurts kids' meals

Working parents who report having a high work-life stress load tend to offer less healthy food to their teenage children, a new University of Minnesota study says. Their families eat more fast food, for example, and fewer fruits and vegetables.
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A new report confirms what busy working parents already know: it's tough to balance a demanding job with family needs, including healthy meals.

“It’s about communities needing to support families,” lead study author Katherine Bauer told MinnPost. “We need to find ways to alleviate the stress on families rather than put all this burden on moms.”

Here's more about the study. Bauer, a postdoctoral student at the U of M when the study was conducted, is now an assistant professor in public health at Temple University in Philadelphia.

For the study, Bauer and study researchers used data from U of M's Project EAT.

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