Footy star dad’s war on grumpy guts is a grudge match

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BEN PIKE

DADS who are stuck on the couch watch­ing their guts ex­pand aren’t the only ones af­fected by our state’s obe­sity epi­demic.

For­mer Socceroo Rob­bie Slater said it is fam­ily mem­bers who of­ten bear the brunt of fa­thers who are un­able to get out and ex­er­cise.

“A lot of fa­thers can tend to ne­glect them­selves and their own health be­cause they are so pre­oc­cu­pied with work, their kids and other pres­sures,” the 52-year-old said.

“You can then have the snow­ball ef­fect where un­fit dads have no en­ergy and get grumpy.

“Be­ing fit­ter and health­ier is go­ing to make you a bet­ter dad over­all.”

More than 50 per cent of the state’s adults are over­weight or obese, ac­cord- ing to NSW Health. Even hav­ing just a hand­ful of belly fat in­creases the risk of heart dis­ease, can­cer, stroke and type 2 di­a­betes.

Slater, who is father to 20-year-old Tom and five-year-old Matthew, is en­cour­ag­ing Syd­ney’s dads to dust off their boots and bring them out for a one-off grudge match.

The Dads vs Dads game day is a fam­ily friendly event to be held on Sun- day, June 25, at Robin Thomas Re­serve in Par­ra­matta.

Dads who sign up have the chance to win tick­ets to the Ar­se­nal vs West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers match in July, jer­seys and gym mem­ber­ships.

Play­ers from the Wan­der­ers and Syd­ney FC will help train the dads and the first 200 ar­rivals will get a free lunch. DADS CAN REG­IS­TER FOR THE EVENT AT DADSVDADS. COM. AU

Rob­bie and Matthew Slater.

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