Is being happily married making you fat?
Every once in a while, we come upon a bit of news that make us stop and think deeply… This is one of those pieces.
In a new study on marital satisfaction and weight gain published on Science Daily, spouses who are more satisfied with their marriage were less likely to consider leaving their marriage, and gained more weight over time.
So says Andrea L. Meltzer, lead researcher and an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Meltzer conducted the study on 169 first-married newlywed couples and tracked their marital satisfaction and weight over the course of four years.
At a top level of the results, marriage was associated with steady weight gain while divorce was associated with rapid weight loss.
The study’s researchers said that the findings suggest that spouses who are satisfied in the marriage are less motivated to attract an alternative mate. As a result, satisfied spouses relax efforts to maintain their weight.
“So these findings suggest that people perhaps are thinking about their weight in terms of appearance rather than health,” Meltze said.
The study suggests young couples should be educated and encouraged to think about their weight as a factor of maintaining their health.
What about you? Did you gain weight after marriage? Do you actively try to keep your weight in check?
We’d love to read your thoughts and what your experiences with weight gain after marriage have been. Leave a post below!