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Study Shows Fatherhood Causes Weight Gain

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Study Shows Fatherhood Causes Weight Gain

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NEW YORK - Many men gain a new sense of responsibility and purpose when they become fathers. A new study suggests they also gain 3 to 5 pounds. The research wasn't designed to prove fatherhood causes weight gain and raises more questions than it answers. But one outside expert, while noting its limitations, said the research is provocative and should spark further study.

Doctors pay attention to the weight gain of mothers - both before and after pregnancy. But the waistline of dads? That's not on most doctors' radar, said Tom Wadden, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.

The study's lead author - Dr. Craig Garfield of Northwestern University - said he could only speculate about what's behind the extra pounds.

"For men who become fathers, their whole life changes, Garfield said. They may sleep less, exercise less, and experience more stress - all of which can lead to weight gain, he said.

It doesn't help that the food selection at home may gradually change to include more things like "making chocolate chip cookies with the kids, said Garfield. …

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