A recent study found that first time fathers gain weight, whether they are living with their children or not.

Northwestern University in Illinois, USA followed the weight of more than 10,000 men, from an adolescent age to young adulthood. They have found that a typical six-foot-tall man who is living with his child gained 2 kg (4.4 pounds) after becoming a father for the first time, resulting in a 2.6% rise in body mass index (BMI).

A man of the same typical physique who are not living together with their child gained about 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) with a rise of 2% in BMI. Participants were measured for four times during the length of the study. From early adolescence, later adolescence, in their mid-20͛s and in their early 30͛s. They were put in categories each time as a non-father, a resident father or non-resident father.

During the weight gain of fathers – be it resident or non-resident, non-fathers actually lost about 0.6 kg (1.4 pounds). The study had suggested that the lifestyle change involving the prioritization of a baby with a possible change in eating habits because of the abundance of snack foods could be the reason behind the ͚Fatherhood Effect͛. –AFPRelaxNews

First-Time Fathers Put On Weight
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