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Scientists blame working mothers for Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic after study of 20,000 families- the view of a personal trainer.

There have been three media articles about this study.(1) (2) and (3)

It appears to me -once again- that the scientists who did this study are living in their ivory towers.

I never forget interviewing Professor A P Weetman – then dean of the University of Sheffield school of medicine about student debt levels and on a taped interview he said: “it probably hasn’t changed that much since I was a medical student.” (He graduated in 1977).

On top of that when was a final year medical student the Student British Medical Journal asked me to write an article on why I thought students should get their exam papers back once marked. He was asked to write an article arguing why students should not get their papers back once marked. In his article, he wrote, “The second reason is the sheer administrative burden entailed for any university in distributing scripts back out to candidates, most of whom will have passed and will have no desire to seetheir scripts.”(4)

Every student who responded to my survey wanted their papers back.

The number one cause of obesity is not eating too much, it’s not exercising too little. Its poverty and mothers have a very financially precarious situation.

I was laughed at when I said this in 2008 but then the Fabian society report came out and I was proved to be right (5)

Let’s deal with the financial situation of mothers.

When you go on maternity leave your income halves. Minimum wage is £7.83 per hour for those over 25. Let’s assume you work for 40 hours per week. That equates to £313.20 per week. After tax and national insurance that works out at £274.38.

Childcare per child is £45 per child per day. Assuming you work for 5 days that works out at £225 per week. Hence a mother who returned to work would take home £274.38-£225= £49.38 per week.

That works out at £1.23 per hour over a 40 hour week.

Many people are on zero hour contracts so they don’t know one week to the next if they have work. Inflation is 3%. Wage rises if you are lucky are 1%. Hence your wages are worth less and less. Hence many people cannot afford to have kids.

Worse still many people can’t afford to put anything into a private pension. So they retire on the state pension of £113 per week- around 40% of what they were struggling to live on to start with. Hence so many pensioners work in supermarkets.

Now let’s see why obesity is a disease of poverty.

Food that is high in fat and low in nutrition is mass produced and cheap.

Food that is high in nutrition and low in fat is hand produced and expensive. Those on lower incomes cannot afford it. Generally speaking, people who are cash poor tend to be time-poor so they don’t have time to cook fresh food. You ask a single mother of 4 to cook from fresh and you are asking a lot (although there may be exceptions.)

Some people can only afford to eat one or two meals per day. If that happens then your body thinks that nutrition isn’t coming regularly. It will slow its metabolism and will store as much fat as it can.

People who are in a rush often wolf down their food quickly so the brain doesn’t register it. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you have eaten. Such people stuff themselves making the problem worse. What happens if that food is high fat? It gets worse.

With the greatest of respect in the world, those who are cash poor can be less well educated. They may not know what is best nutritionally for them. If that causes offence then I am sorry.

Lastly, those on lower incomes cannot afford expensive gyms and personal trainers.

Why do you think we only charge £1 per day for my live online streamed fitness classes http://www.operationmumsinmind.com and we get you on at least 3 legal sources of alternative income e.g. paid surveys, mystery shopping, affiliate marketing etc.


(1) Scientists blame working mothers for Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic after study of 20,000 familiesBy Michael Powell for The Mail on Sunday Published: 01:38, 10 March 2019 | Updated: 09:16, 10 March 2019 Date checked 11 March 2019.

(2) Outrage as scientists blame ‘working mums’ for UK obesity epidemic. Lucy Middlet Metro on on Sunday 10 Mar 2019 10:37 pm. Date checked 11 March 2019

(3) MOTHER OF ALL CLAIMS Scientists blame working mums for UK’s child obesity epidemic in shocking paper that claims their kids eat more and move less By Ellie Cambridge 10th March 2019, 10:05 am Updated: 10th March 2019, 3:19 pm. Date checked 11 March 2019.

(4) Should candidates have their marked up papers back after examinations. The case for. Sushant Varma Student BMJ December 1999 and Should candiates have their marked up papers back after examinations. The case against. Professor A P Weetman Student BMJ December 1999 Date checked 11 March 2019

(5) Hungry for Change. Report Author, Cameron Tait. Fabian Society.Date checked 15th January 2017.


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