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Middle-class mothers who work long hours increase the risk of their offspring being overweight or obese, according to an astonishing new study. More shockingly, the risk of childhood obesity soars in direct correlation with family income and children in childcare are 24 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese than children cared for by their mother or her partner. The findings suggest that long hours of maternal employment rather than lack of money may impede young children's access to healthy foods and physical activity. Is it time we reconsidered our parental time constraints so we can try to avoid increasing our kids' consumption of snack foods and decrease their television use?