Fatherhood Makes You Fat

Body mass index is a measure of the proportion of weight to height (BMI= Weight ÷ height2) and is a rough measure of body composition and obesity. Becoming a father increases BMI, regardless of whether the father lived with the child or not— according to a study led by Craig Garfield from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Over time, non-fathers decreased BMI. They studied more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Fatherhood could increase their risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. (American Journal of Men’s Health, published online July 21, 2015)

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