Average bride gains four pounds after wedding
Newlywed women may be prone to gaining weight in the few months following their wedding, according to a new study from Australia.
Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide conducted a survey of approximately 350 Australian engaged women in the year prior to their wedding. In the initial survey, the women revealed their ideal wedding weight, which was an average of 20 pounds less than their current weight. One month before their wedding, the women weighed in and showed neither significant weight gain nor weight loss.
Study participants were then given a follow-up survey six months after their wedding. The results showed that, during the six-month period, the women had gained an average of 4.4 pounds. The study, planned to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Body Image, is one of the few to determine the amount of weight typically gained by a woman in a specific amount of time following her wedding.
The research team said that their findings could be a result of more lax dietary and physical activity habits and decreased motivation when there is no specific event for which to prepare. In order for the findings to be confirmed, however, the study would need to be conducted in other countries and be representative of a wider range of brides.