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Single fathers more likely to die early

Single fathers more likely to die early

"[Women are] more likely to engage in these social and community groups that are protective of their health".

The risk of dying prematurely more than doubles for single fathers compared to single mothers or paired-up dads, according to a study of Canadian families published Thursday. Single fathers have a significantly higher risk of mortality than single mothers or partnered fathers, according to a study published online February 14 in The Lancet Public Health.

Friends can help by reaching out to single dads who've recently been widowed or divorced, to provide support that the men might not realize they need, Chiu said.

While prior research has largely focused on single mothers, Chiu's group argued that similar sociodemographic and health-related disparities, such as lower socioeconomic status, poorer self-rated health and mental health and higher levels of psychological distress, may also be associated with single fatherhood.

Compared to partnered fathers or single moms, the death rate was three times higher among single fathers. Researchers also looked up their health records to track their medical history. People, ages ≥15 who lived in a household in Ontario with one more more biological or adopted child age 25 were included.

SINGLE fathers are more than twice as likely to die early compared with lone mothers or couples with kids, a study claims. Each group was followed for up to 15 years.

Single fathers more likely to die early
Single fathers more likely to die early

Single fathers were more likely to be separated, divorced, or widowed than single mothers. They ate fewer fruits and vegetables, for example, and were more likely to binge drink. They were also more likely to have cardiovascular disease or cancer when the study started.

The percentage living with single fathers increased from 1 percent to 4 percent over the same period.

"These results show that single fathers might be a particularly vulnerable group", said Rachel Simpson, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford.

Previous study revealed in The Lancet Public Health couldn't determine the reason behind sooner deaths of single dads.

Other countries with a large share of single-parent households include Mozambique (36 percent), Dominican Republic (35 percent), Liberia (31 percent), and Kenya (30 percent), he noted in a 2016 report. Co-authors disclosed support from a Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Services Research Fund Capacity Award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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