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Weighing fatherhood? Gaining a few pounds comes with the territory

Weighing fatherhood? Gaining a few pounds comes with the territory

A guy welcoming his first child into the world often expresses a deep desire to become a better man and vows to shape up so he can "be there" for years to come: He'll drink less, stop carousing, get back to the gym. Then comes parenthood — and with it, an average weight gain of roughly 3 to 5 pounds for a man who lives in the same home as his child. As young men reach the age where many become first-time fathers, researchers have found that modest increases in body-mass index, or BMI, were a near-universal phenomenon. But after a first child arrives, the BMI trajectory of the average young dad living at home with his child stays on a steady upward course. ...

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