Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Dads gain weight after birth of their child

Daddy bumps on the rise

When women get pregnant they naturally put on weight as the baby grows. However, Dads gain weight too but when the baby is born. Yes! British men are putting weight when their child is born. In fact, research has found that an average of one and a half stone. Experts believe a lack of exercise, an increase in the number of takeaways and endless sleepless nights are to blame for this growing problem.


Paul Keenan, of Benenden Healthcare which carried out the research with the Men's Health Forum, said: "The modern lifestyle is a hectic one and this study clearly shows the impact this is having on fatherhood." Men's Health Week 2012 is highlighting the fact that heart disease is the biggest killer of men in the UK.

The study also found that six out of ten dads admit they are ‘out of shape' and four out of ten dads aren't able to pull their weight in the family home because they are too tired. With many men admitting that  they sneak in naps during the week in order to cope and have even snoozed while on the toilet at work.

Blimey, they'll do it anywhere these men. And, some dads even fall asleep when reading to their children. The shame! But on a more serious note, it seems that the family unit is suffering as work pressures combined with poor diets are leading to 30% of men admitting that home life has become too much for them at times. Plus, the research found that dads regularly joke about having a big belly with many children saying they're embarrassed about the size of their dad.

Dr Ian Banks, president of the Men's Health forum said yesterday: "Men are facing an uphill struggle with their health when they become fathers. The survey shows even their kids know it. Heart disease is the biggest cause of premature death in men.We're saying you only live once - if you want to be around to see your kids grow up, then you need to stay healthy."

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