Young Fathers: These Are Some Seriously Disturbing Stats For You!

August 27, 2016


If you’re not ready to become a father just yet, don’t worry! Research from the University of Helsinki says you should wait because getting a baby at a young age can, on average, shorten your life span!

The study looked at 30,000 fathers over a period of 10 years aged 45 to 54. The results are definitely alarming for young fathers as those who get babies before the age of 22 have 26% more chance of dying middle-aged.

Men who get babies between the ages of 22 and 24 have 14% more chance of not living a long life, while those who entered parenthood between the ages of 30 and 44 live 25% longer than men who get babies between the ages of 25 and 29.

Scientists involved in the study examined 1124 brothers with similar jobs, education, and income, and found that those who became fathers before the age of 22 had 73% more chance of passing before their brothers who became fathers at a later age.

These findings suggest that potential lower income or poorer education of young fathers are not the factors to blame for the results, but stress and substance abuse most definitely are.

In other words, no rush!