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Single fathers at risk of early death: Lancet

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Single fathers may be at more than double the of early death than single mothers and partnered parents, finds a new study.

It is because solo fathers tended to be older, had rates, and were more prone to

The likely culprits also included poor lifestyle choices and stress, said the researchers in a paper published in the journal The Lancet Public Health.

"Our research highlights that single fathers have higher mortality, and demonstrates the need for public health policies to help identify and support these men," Maria Chiu, at the in

"We did find that single fathers tended to have unhealthier lifestyles, which could include poor diet, lack of exercise, or excessive drinking," Chiu added.

For the study, the team tracked 40,500 people across over 11 years.

The subjects -- including 4,590 single moms and 871 single dads -- were, on average, in their early 40s when the study began. Nearly 700 died by the end of the monitoring period.

The team found that men on their own are more likely to be separated, divorced or widowed than single mothers, a larger proportion of whom raise babies conceived outside of any relationship.

Having experienced a breakup is another factor for mental ill health, the researchers said.

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

According to a report, provided by the United Nations Populations Division, households have become more common across the developed world and even higher in many low-income nations.

"Of the world's 2.3 billion children, 14 per cent - or 320 million - are living in a household," the report showed.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:18 IST