Many moms who take on just about any role to ensure their families are happy and healthy are doing it at the cost of their own health and wellbeing, according to a new survey.
The survey, conducted by Leger Marketing for Becel, found that over half of Canadian mothers say they don’t have time to take care of themselves.
In order to prioritize the needs of their children and families, more than one quarter (27 percent) of Canadian mothers put off doctor visits, over half (57 percent) put off physical activity, and almost a third (30 percent) put off eating more healthfully.
The survey also found that moms tend to reserve healthy meal planning more for their families than for themselves.
Close two half (48 percent) of the mothers in the survey said they spend the majority of their time outside working hours preparing healthy meals for their family, while only 9.8 percent said they spend more of their time outside work preparing healthy lunches for themselves.
Around 50 percent also spend the majority of their time outside working hours transporting their kids to different activities including school and play dates. Only 17 percent say they participate in their own hobbies.
To make their kids happy, close to one-third (29 percent) of moms have spent hours making a handmade Halloween costume, over a quarter (28 percent) have stayed up at night baking goods for a school bake sale, and almost the same proportion (27 percent) have done whatever it takes to buy the hottest toy on the market.
The survey is done as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth campaign asking women to put their own health first.
“Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada, but most don’t know it,” says the Heart and Stroke Foundation in a statement.
“Putting others’ needs ahead of their own can come at a cost, as too many kids lose their mothers to heart disease and stroke.”
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