Why Single Fathers Die Early or Have Higher Risk of Death
The risk of dying prematurely is more than doubled for single fathers compared to single mothers or fathers who are in a relationship. This is the result of a study done in Canada and published on February 15 by The Lancet Public Health.
According to the researchers, this phenomenon of single fathers' early death is explained by stress and "less healthy lifestyles.”
Among the 871 fathers without a partner counted, the mortality rate was 5.8 per 1000 per year. This is significantly higher than among single mothers (1.7 per 1000 per year) and fathers in couples (1.9 per 1000 per year). By taking into account factors specific to these single fathers, who are on average older and more often affected by cancer or cardiovascular diseases, the risk of mortality remained twice as high.
Single Father's diet and Lifestyle
The reason is not established with certainty, but researchers suspect an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, and higher alcohol consumption. In addition, these men have, it seems, "less often a social network, social assistance, or support in the education of their children" than single mothers.
Maria Chiu, the lead author of the survey and a public health researcher at the University of Toronto, said the results of this survey showed "a real need for public health policies to help identify and support these men.”
Researchers point out, however, that there are limits to this study and that more research is needed to reinforce their results.
Finally, remember that cancers and cardiovascular diseases are added to suicides. And for proof, in 2009, there were 3,890 suicides in Canada, affecting "single, divorced, or widowed" more often, with "a rate three times higher among men," says Statistics Canada, a federal government agency in charge of the country's statistics.
Completed between 2000 and 2012, the study took questionnaires from 200,922 Canadian respondents, 40,521 of which were single parents or couples, aged 15 years and over. This is probably why marriage may help you to avoid dementia.
Reference: Le Figaro
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