Jeremy Davies writes:
Today we publish the 2016 edition of our Fairness in Families Index #fairnessinfamilies, which uses a basket of measures to compare developed countries’ progress towards gender equality.
Bringing Fathers In is a series of smart, punchy, evidence-based information sheets backed up with a series of online research summaries.
23% of 3-year-olds are overweight or obese (Hawkins et al, 2009), rising to one third of 11-13 year olds, one in six of whom have high blood pressure, and one in ten, high cholesterol (Brophy et al, 2012)
The Father Factor – the early years
95% of parents are in a couple relationship or describe themselves as ‘good friends’ at the time of the birth (Kiernan & Smith, 2003)
Fathers have substantial impact on pregnant women’s nutrition (Clift-Matthews, 2009)
Fathers gain weight during pregnancy, mainly due to lifestyle factors (Onepoll, 2009)
Fathers have substantial impact on whether babies are breastfed, and breastfed babies are less likely to be obese later (Armstrong et al, 2002)
Toddlers’ activity levels are linked with their father’s (but not their mother’s) BMI (Sallis et al, 1988).
Men in low and middle income countries are generally positive about gender equality – but their participation in household and caregiving tasks remains low, and levels of intimate partner violence are still high, according to a study published in the Men and Masculinities journal.
What do we mean by ‘paternity leave’?
Paternity leave is a father-specific right to take time off work soon after the birth of a child.
Better educated fathers, like better educated mothers, have a more positive impact on their children’s early learning.
Fathers can be motivated to engage in further learning when they understand the benefits to their children.