Temple University in the US conducted a study of 3700 parents and has found that mums who work are more likely to serve up fast food as a meal than to prepare a healthy one, and they also don’t tend to encourage healthy eating…
The study found that parents who are stressed only prepare on average 4 meals a week, whilst parents who are not found to be as ‘busy’ are preparing 5.5 meals per week. The hours speak for themselves – full time Mums spend on average 8.8 hours cooking and preparing meals each week, whilst Mums who don’t work spend 11.5 hours per week preparing and cooking for the family.
What about the Dads? Well according to the survey the same rule applies, when Dad works fulltime, less time is spent in the kitchen. Fulltime working Dads spend on average 4.7 hours each week preparing and cooking meals, whilst the Dads who don’t work or only work part time spend on average 7.4 hours per week making the family meal.
It also came across that when parents have higher ‘stresses’ due to work / life balance, the less likely it is that the family eats together each night.
So what happens in your house? Do you cook every night? Is it just easier to order in sometimes after a long day? And how do we manage healthy eating when it’s usually more expensive anyway?
I know in my household it would be perfect to just have someone write a weekly plan for me each week so I didn’t have to think about it every night…..