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Maternal employment and childhood obesity: A European perspective
Copenhagen Business Sch, Dept Intercultural Commun & Management, Ctr Corp Social Responsibil, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Institute for Health Care & Public Management, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
Copenhagen Business Sch, Dept Intercultural Commun & Management, Ctr Corp Social Responsibil, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Univ Bremen, Bremen Inst Prevent Res & Social Med, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3777-570X
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Health Economics, ISSN 0167-6296, E-ISSN 1879-1646, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 728-742Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 32, no 4, p. 728-742
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Maternal employment, Children, Obesity, Europe
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14451DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2013.04.003ISI: 000321729800006PubMedID: 23721884Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84878350147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14451DiVA, id: diva2:1157784
Available from: 2017-11-16 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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