WELLNESS
06/16/2011 03:31 pm ET Updated Aug 16, 2011

Fathers Day Gifts: For The Dad Who Needs To Eat Better

Unfortunately, men are leading the country's weight epidemic, with nearly three out of every four being either overweight or obese. And losing weight, at its most basic level, is often a matter of caloric balance -- burning more calories than you're taking in each day. To tackle the latter half of that equation, men will need to focus on adjusting their eating habits. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, males consume, on average, close to 2,500 calories per day. So if a man can shave off about 500 calories a day, then he'll be on track to lose one pound a week.

The stakes are higher than just Dad's health, too -- a recent study published in the Journal Nutrition Education and Behavior found that fathers have a major impact on how often kids eat fast food and other restaurant food.

"For years, we've heard that moms have the biggest impact on their kids' food choices, but with mothers becoming more involved in the workplace and fathers' roles becoming more involved in caregiving at home, it's natural that kids will start to follow their father's lead, too," American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Karen Ansel told ABC News when the study was released.

So instead of buying your dad a fried dinner at his favorite burger joint this Sunday, why not treat him to something that can help him to get his diet back on track. As part of our series on healthy Father's Day gifts, we've collected these fun ideas to get you started: