A picture of a fat dad
According to Washington post, men who become fathers experience more weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new research study tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn't become dads actually lost weight over the same time period. Could this be true? Looking at my husband with my left eye Lol..
The findings were made known by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Researchers describe the study on fatherhood and young men's BMIs as the first of its kind.
"Fatherhood can affect the health of young men, above the already known effect of marriage," lead author Craig Garfield, a Northwestern associate professor, said in a release. "The more weight the fathers gain and the higher their BMI, the greater risk they have for developing heart disease as well as diabetes and cancer."
Weight gain differs for dads who lived with their children and those who didn't. First-time resident dads experienced an average 2.6 percent increase in their BMIs over the study period. Non-resident dads experienced 2 percent increase. That translates to a 4.4 pound weight gain for a 6-foot-tall dad who lives with his child and a 3.3 pound weight gain for a non-resident dad. Meanwhile, a similar 6-foot-tall man who had no kids? He lost 1.4 pounds. Incredible!
The BMI increase may be the result of lifestyle changes, researchers said.
"You have new responsibilities when you have your kids and may not have time to take care of yourself the way you once did in terms of exercise," Garfield said. "Your family becomes the priority."