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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL Our kids won’t get fat (statistically speaking).

Historically, parents (and extended family) have controlled what, when and how much children ate. Our world, in which unsupervised children are allowed to choose their own food, is relatively new, as is the child-fat explosion.

This is, of course, a divisive line of thought — and for some, a painful one. Many mothers work because they must. And those who can choose often feel they and their families benefit from their decision to work outside the home. Still, though it may be sexist and unfair, the link between absent mothers and overweight children is increasingly difficult to deny. This is true not only in the United States. A 1999 study of obese Japanese 3-year-olds identified “the mother’s job” as the environmental factor contributing most to child obesity.

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