Kids make you fat – survey

Herald Sun (Aust) 13 June 2012
YOUNG parents are putting on weight at dangerous levels and are fatter than their childless peers. Almost two in three parents under 40 are overweight, compared with two in five young couples and 45 per cent of singles. Dads had the biggest weight problem, a survey of more than 1180 Australians has found. Three-quarters of dads were overweight or obese, based on their self-reported body mass index. This compared to 57-60 per cent of young and older mums, data compiled by health fund Bupa found. Bupa’s chief medical officer Dr Paul Bates said the challenges of balancing work and family could often come at the cost of parents’ health. But this can flow to children, who pick up their bad eating habits