Health-related behaviours and weight status of expectant fathers

Simone Pettigrew, Michelle I. Jongenelis, Sophie Cronin, Liyuwork M. Dana, Desiree Silva, Susan L. Prescott, Bu B. Yeap

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Objective: Little attention has been given to the health status and lifestyle behaviours of expectant fathers. This study aimed to examine health-related variables in a cohort of expectant fathers to identify potential focus areas for interventions designed to optimise health and wellbeing outcomes in this group. Methods: Partners of pregnant women who accessed antenatal services at a large maternity unit in a Western Australian hospital were recruited as part of the ORIGINS Project. Analyses were conducted on data from 498 expectant fathers who were primarily of mid and high socioeconomic status. Results: Participants reported relatively low levels of smoking and alcohol consumption and higher physical activity compared to national averages. Weight status was consistent with population norms for adult males: 76% were overweight or obese and 62% had a waist girth ≥94cm. Conclusions: Expectant fathers may benefit from health interventions, especially in relation to managing their weight during this phase of their lives and beyond. Implications for public health: Pregnancy represents a valuable opportunity to engage fathers-to-be in health interventions. Given identified links between paternal weight status and offspring outcomes, interventions focusing on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight among expectant fathers could be beneficial for families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
Early online date31 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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