Is Marriage Making You Fat?

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • With the Valentine holiday just behind us, here's an interesting bit of information on love and health.


    Monitoring weight gain after marriage and divorce


    Did you know Ohio researchers followed 10,071 individuals from 1986 to 2008 to evaluate weight gain during the two year period following marriage and divorce.


    A variety of factors that impact weight gain were taken into account, such as pregnancy, education, and socioeconomic status.


    Do men or women gain weight after marriage?


    The study determined women are more likely to gain weight after their wedding day than men. This may be due to the larger role women play around the home leaving less time to devote to physical activity.

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    The study found men experience positive health benefits linked to married life and it's divorce that leads to weight gain.


    Interestingly, the study also found those who marry after the age of 30 years-old are more likely to experience weight shits. . .up.


    What do you think?


    I can think of other factors that probably contribute to the weight increase for women. I know several brides-to-be that live on very unhealthy diets prior to the big day just so they can squeeze into a smaller size wedding dress. Almost everyone gains the weight back after following a drastic diet.


    What can you do?


    I'm not sharing these study results to advocate remaining single. There are statistics that show marriage leads to increased happiness, which in turn equals better health and longevity.


    Just because you marry doesn't mean you have to follow the path towards weight gain. As with everything else, be aware of the potential unhealthy routine you can get stuck in as you establish a life together and take steps to keep your married life together as active and healthy as possible.


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Published On: February 18, 2012