Study claims babies who look like their fathers are healthier

A new study claimed that babies who look like their father live healthier lives.

Study claims babies who look like their fathers are healthier
Babies who look like their father are healthier, study claim | Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

While some mothers are often bummed out that their precious baby didn’t get any resemblance from them, study claims that it has now a surprising benefit. According to a new study from Southern Illinois University and published in the Journal of Health Economics earlier this year, a child’s resemblance to the father helps promote better parenting and thus result to healthier babies.

The study claimed that when fathers see that their child resembles them, they forge a stronger bond and become more engaged as a parent.

Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Binghamton University Solomon Polachek explained “Those fathers that perceive the baby’s resemblance to them are more certain the baby is theirs, and thus spend more time with the baby.”

Polacheck’s analysis is based on the data they gathered from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing (FFCW) study. The study focused on 715 families with babies who only live with their mothers.

Those babies who resemble closely to the fathers were visited more frequently than those those babies who aren't. This results to positive parenting and a healthier, happier baby.

It's not that babies who don't resemble their fathers are less loved, but fathers tend to need more “motivation” when it comes to active parenting.

This isn't the first time we've heard about how positive parenting helps in a healthy development. A study published in the Journal of Economics in Oxford Academic revealed that “both parents' time inputs are important for the cognitive development of their children, particularly when the child is young.”

Whether or not you believe in the study, there’s no argument that a parent’s love and care for their children is crucial in their overall development.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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