The Surprising Health Risk For Black Men Raised By Single Parents

A young boy playing with a toy airplane on his father's shoulders

Over the weekend, in an episode of Iyanla Vanzant’s show, Fix My Life, on the OWN network, Iyanla had a number of men on her show who fathered multiple children by multiple women. Iyanla, one-by-one, urged the fathers to confront their inner demons and issues.  In other clips of this series, Iyanla also confronted the women who were a part of these multiple-child relationships.

An excerpt of the show is below:

At one point in the show Iyanla said that there were 50 men, with a total of 87 children by multiple women. With the exception of a few, many of those children have been growing up with a steady father’s presence in their lives. This can lead to a number of issues for their daughters, not to mention their sons repeating the same cycle of behavior. In fact, during the episode, a majority of the men did not have a long-term healthy relationship with their biological father.  And this not only affects the mental health, but also their physical health.