Becoming a dad? Expect to gain some weight, study suggests

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(THINKSTOCK)

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study suggests that fatherhood often comes with a weight gain of 3 to 5 pounds.

The research wasn’t designed to prove fatherhood causes weight gain and raises more questions than it answers. But one outside expert said it is provocative work and should spark further study.

The researchers found a typical 6-foot-tall man who lives with his child will gain an average of about 4½ pounds at some point after the birth. They also found that a same-sized man who doesn’t have kids may actually lose a little weight.

The study was published online Tuesday by the American Journal of Men’s Health.

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