Unless you have never had the pleasure of knowing a single mother in the past, it should come as no newsflash that these special ladies often come last in their families. They have to take on dual roles of parenting, along with caring full time for their children, as well as working in some capacity to support their family. At the end of a long week, just getting five minutes to put their feet up and watch television is a gift from above, much less getting their health in tip top shape at all times. In lieu of this interesting topic and current trend in growing single mothers across the globe, it is very important to take a closer look at what poor healthcare for years can equate for these super moms in a very short amount of time.
Recently the Medical News Today revealed some fascinating details researchers divulged. The article depicts that single mommies ranging in age from teen moms to those well into their forties, have a much higher risk of developing disabilities and living with poor health conditions as they age. The statistics where Americans were involved discovered one out of every three ladies reported living as a single mom at some point prior in their lives by the time they hit fifty years of age.
The study was printed via the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, where they collected data from fifteen countries, with the most prominent findings from the states, the UK, Denmark, and Sweden. It appears that single moms are more prone to cardiovascular and mental health ailments more than others. They also have been linked with earlier deaths when compared to other women who weren’t ever full time single parents.
Typically, researchers feel this grouping of ladies is becoming more pronounced because they are generally linked to a lower income bracket. Single parents regardless of the gender are usually working several part time jobs, or shelling out at least 70% of the needs of the child’s care, which hurts them in the end financially over a household with two parents. The study participants were asked everything from their ages when they began having children, to what their own personal hygiene habits were. Even things such as how long each day they were commuting inside their vehicles was taken into consideration, as that alone can increase stress and mental health issues.
While this trend most likely won’t be fading away anytime soon as more moms (and dads for that matter) are slinging their parental duties around solely on their own; what we can draw from this is that hopefully moms will start freeing up even an hour every six months to get to a medical provider and seek a checkup. They bend over backwards raising their kids, and forget that if they aren’t healthy mentally and physically they won’t be able to care for their children to the best of their abilities going forward. Parents deserve to put their health high on the priority list, even if sometimes we all tend to forget we need to be cared for too.