'Moms Are Fat' Study Can Eat It

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moms are fat
Mother's Little Helper
Guess what moms? You're fat. According to a new study in Pediatrics, moms to children ages 5 and younger are eating worse, getting less exercise, and weighing more than women without children. Well, duh.

Forget the fact that this study didn't account for that extra weight you gain when you actually are creating a live human being inside of you, or for any woman diagnosed with postpartum depression. (Yes, those are HUGE things to forget, I'll let it go if you can't.) The fact that new moms are being told we should be concerned about our weight is the most annoying thing about this report. The second most annoying is the announcement that a new mom's average BMI index is 27, and a child-free woman's is 26. Wow, we are porking out!

The researchers said this study wasn't about blaming moms for their extra padding, it was about warning women of this high-risk period, so they can look for solutions.

I've got your solutions right here.

  • One year paid maternity leave, so women don't have to immediately jump back into work and basically not do one single thing for themselves for the next five years.
  • Subsidized child care, so moms aren't rushing to get to the day care in time so they don't have to pay the "late fee" or overtime to the nanny. Instead, maybe they could run around the block or take a yoga class. Or, you know, shop for healthy food that they could then cook.
  • Paid paternity leave, so mom could have some support at home instead of being left completely alone to do it all herself, thus ensuring that she'll be in need of at least one sugary drink by about 3 p.m.
  • Healthy, affordable food options in every neighborhood, so mom can actually find things other than the 99-cent menu at the drive-through.
  • Health care for all, so one or both parents don't have to be employed full-time at a corporation that offers health care, and therefore work unreasonable hours for fear of losing that benefit.

Seriously, let's talk about real solutions that should be systemic. Instead of making stressed out, overworked, exhausted moms feel bad about that one extra BMI point that our single sisters lack.

Are you a fat mom? Do you give a crap?

 

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nonmember avatar Gertie

Yes especially the AFFORDABLE healthcare for all.

mrsda... mrsdangelo

I am a fat mom. And I don't give a crap about the statistics. It OS HARD being a working mom of a 4 month old. Obviously, as you pointed out, the makers of this study don't realize how hard it is to be a mom. I want to lose a little weight and get healthy, but so that I can be healthy, not to live up to some study's standards on what they think a mom should be!

mrsda... mrsdangelo

I am a fat mom. And I don't give a crap about the statistics. It OS HARD being a working mom of a 4 month old. Obviously, as you pointed out, the makers of this study don't realize how hard it is to be a mom. I want to lose a little weight and get healthy, but so that I can be healthy, not to live up to some study's standards on what they think a mom should be!

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I am fat mom and proud why because I don't give a crap what others thing about me and a study is just that. These people have not clue what it's like to be mom.

sweet... sweetmom1007

I'm with loriann. Shut up Studies.

xavie... xavierlogan09

i'm not a fat mom but i still find this offensive. just because some women are mother doesn't mean they are overweight. society puts too much emphasis on beauty and being thin. not everyone wants to be thin and is happy the way they are. this study is stupid.

Zamaria Zamaria

I'm a fat mom. I do give a crap because I just don't feel healthy. It's not that I'm ashamed of the way I look, it's just that I don't have much energy and I'm always tired. I think a great solution would be for fast food places to offer healthier solutions. I'd definately buy a veggie burger over a regular burger. Nobody wants to eat salad all the time. I work twelve hour shifts, and by the time I get home, I'm ready to crash. I definately don't have the energy to cook!

Shanin22 Shanin22

Wonder how much money they wasted on this pointless study, lol. Women gain weight after having kids? Really?! Who could believe such a thing? I thought I'd be skinny as hell after popping out little watermelon I carried for nine months and then trying to work, go to school, and raise a child. After all I'd have so much free time for a pilates class and making completely organic non-processed dinners... which I could obviously afford after paying for diapers, baby clothes, and doctor bills.


Moms are already stressed to the brink... and we really needed an extra push of guilt that we're all fat too? Of course eating healthy and exercising is good for ourselves and our children. But let's face it, realistically we don't all have the time and money. If I get a damn 30 minutes to myself during the day, I'm not going to waste it on squats... I'm thinking a much needed nap ;)

nonmember avatar Anon

Who said any of this was about working moms, first of all? They said moms were eating more calories; that has nothing to do with opportunities to exercise. It always boils down to wealth transfer, doesn't it? You want me to work harder to pay for you to have more "you time." Get off your butt and fix your diet. PS, I'm a single working mom with two 4-year-olds, and I'm not fat. My weight did go up a bit (max 10 lbs)when my kids were little, but I didn't look outside of myself for targets of blame. I simply figured out what I needed to do to get back to an ideal weight.

Yadie... YadielsMama

I'm not overweight but I've definitely got more cushion for the pushin after poppin one out a few months ago, and I don't give a crap.  I don't know where and when us new moms of little ones who aren't school aged yet are supposed to find time to look like models.  Really?  I'm just happy to squeeze in a 5 minute shower everyday to wash the spit up out of my hair. 

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