A University of Toronto study led by Maria Chu and published in The Lancet has found that single fathers suffer from mortality rates three times higher than single mothers or partnered parents. Compared to other parents, single fathers tend to be older, have worse dietary and alcohol consumption habits, and suffer from more stress and social isolation, which can impact both physical and mental health. They may also be more likely to skip needed medical care than women or partnered men.
- A University of Toronto study comparing the health of single fathers to other parents discovered substantial cause for concern about this growing demographic.
- Single fathers tend to be older and have worse dietary habits and higher alcohol consumption.
- Single fathers were also more susceptible to emotional problems like stress and social isolation.
“Maria Chiu found that the mortality in single fathers was three-times higher than the corresponding rates in single mothers and partnered people.”