New research by scientists at Northwestern University in the US followed 10,000 males from the age of 12 until 32. Over this time, the men who had children gained weight – an average of 4lbs – whereas the men who remained childless actually lost 1.4lbs. One of the most notable facts: the men who become “resident fathers” grew 2.6% fatter than fathers who scarpered. »
As a father myself I get this and believe it..
I gained some weight not only during my wife’s pregnancy but also in the post baby days. My entire body chemistry changed for about two years until I stopped recognizing myself in a mirror..
A diet change and exercise occurred but now as my son develops his love of Zebra Cakes and other little nuggets of sugar, I find myself fighting hard to stick with vegetables and nuts…
I want to avoid the ‘dad bod’ not only for my own health but also for my son’s future and to be there for him..