Is your hectic schedule standing in the way of your health?


Hectic parents have such busy schedules they eat 156 meals standing up every year, according to a new survey.

A study into the everyday lives of 2,000 parents found many are so frantic they are forgoing their health just to keep up – eating over 150 meals on the move, skipping meals and even prioritizing their pet’s health before their own.

Results also showed that moms and dads spend 27 hours a week on basic parenting tasks such as cooking for the family and taking the kids to school or activities, with moms logging nine hours more on average a week.

Parents are so busy, in fact, that they only get just over two hours of “me time” per week. That’s just 21 minutes a day. Moms get even less: 56 percent of moms polled average less than 15 minutes a day of “me time.”

And it seems parenting really is a full-time job with no sick leave. Forty-seven percent of moms and dads say they don’t feel like it’d be possible to take a day off from there parenting tasks even if they’re feeling sick.

With fully packed schedules, the results show that parents don’t have much time to focus on healthy eating and taking care of their own wellness. In fact, over half (57 percent) say that being a busy parent has contributed to them gaining weight.

For 82 percent of parents, their kids’ health comes before anyone else’s in the family.


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