Facebook 'bigger concern than diet'
Finances and Facebook are a greater source of worry for parents bringing up children than concerns about diet and lifestyle, a survey has revealed.
More than 1,500 parents across the UK were questioned what worried them most as their children grew older as part of Mother and Childcare survey from the Philips Centre for Health and Well-being, a global study into attitudes towards family health
Top of the anxiety list were financial concerns, cited by 50% of parents, drugs (49%) and the influence of social media (43%).
In contrast, just 28% of parents were worried about their children having a healthy diet and 24% were concerned about obesity. And 21% were worried about their children having adequate access to sport and leisure facilities.
Dr Gerd Gotz, from the Philips Centre, a knowledge-sharing forum run by the Philips electronics and healthcare company, said: "In today's volatile financial climate and reign of social media it's understandable that parents are very concerned with the immediate challenges they face on a daily basis.
"However, do we risk allowing our children to sleepwalk into all manner of health-related issues later on if we fail to tackle some of the bigger health and well-being issues now?"
The survey also found that 34% of mothers said they did not breastfeed their babies despite "breast is best" health advice.
Questions about working habits after having children revealed more evidence of financial concerns.
Just 24% of women stopped working after their youngest child was born. Another 24% reduced their hours, while 16% went back to normal working. Only 7% of fathers stopped work after the birth of their youngest child, while 61% went back to their normal hours.
"Financial need" was cited as the main reason for going back to normal working hours by both men and women.