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Study: Babies Who Resemble Fathers Are Healthier
U.S. News & World Report

A study in the the Journal of Health Economics has concluded that newborns who resemble their fathers will be healthier a year into their lives than those who don’t.

Why? Well, it’s simple really. Fathers with children who resemble them are more confident that the child is theirs and are more motivated to spend time with them, the research suggests. And the more time they spend together, the more attentive a parent can be to their child’s health needs.

Researchers behind the report, titled If Looks Could Heal: Child Health and Paternal Investment, studied 715 families in which babies lived only with their mothers. Fathers spent an average of 2.5 more days per month with their child if they closely resembled them than fathers who had children who did not closely resemble them.

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