Marital stress linked to obesity
Researchers at Ohio State University have found that people going through marital stress who also have a history of depression are at risk for obesity because of the way their bodies process high-fat foods.
The scientists worked with 43 healthy couples, ages 23 to 61, taking assessments of marital satisfaction, past mood disorders, and depressive symptoms. All participants were given a high fat meal and were asked to discuss conflict-inducing topics two hours later. Researchers then examined their metabolism process and found that individuals with both a mood disorder history and a hostile marriage burned an average of 31 fewer calories per hour and had an average of 12 percent more insulin in the blood than people with low levels of hostility in their marriages.
The scientist noted that people with mood disorders or depression who are in troubled marriages need to be aware of the additional risks to their health, including obestiy.