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Today’s moms more sedentary than in the past, study says

  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Modern U.S. moms get more relaxation time in front of the tube than their predecessors and they do less housework, too, according to new research.

The study of moms from 1965 to 2010 indicated that today’s moms are more sedentary – so much so that they spend more time watching television and involved in leisure activities on their computers and tablets than they do on cooking, cleaning and exercising combined, according to a Science Daily report on the research from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

“With each passing generation, mothers have become increasingly physically inactive, sedentary and obese, thereby potentially predisposing children to an increased risk of inactivity, adiposity and chronic non-communicable diseases,” Arnold School exercise scientist and epidemiologist Edward Archer wrote in the report.

Moms with younger children performed 14 fewer hours per week of physical activity in 2010 than they did in 1965. That means the modern moms burned 225 fewer calories each day. Moms of older kids performed 11 fewer hours per week of physical activity in 2010 than in 1965, meaning that today’s moms would need to eat 175 to 225 fewer calories per day to maintain their weight than 1965 moms.

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