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Does A Happier Marriage Mean Being Heavier On The Scale?

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A Lot Of People Let Go After They Get Married

Do happier couples gain weight just a few years after their marriage? A study seems to think so. A longitudinal study followed 169 young couples with an average age of 25 for men and 23 for women for four years.

In that span of time, information was collected on both their satisfaction with the marriage and their overall weight.

The findings? Well, there is a correlation between weight gain to a satisfactory and happy marriage. Spouses who are happier in their union in this span tend to get fatter as the years’ progress.

In addition, the spouses that were unhappy in their marriage tend to still gain weight, albeit not as much as happier couples.

 

What Gives?

Andrea Meltzer, an assistant professor of Psychology and a Social Psychologist at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas said that people who were unsatisfied with their relationship are usually contemplating about their divorce. That is why they’re trying their best to maintain a relatively good and healthy figure.

Meltzer was able to speculate that such is the case after considering some factors that could contribute to such a decision such as pregnancy, for example or even if their sexual relationship is rocky due to the male of the relationship not being able to delay ejaculation. However, it is important to note that there is no direct cause and effect regarding this, so it is just speculation after careful consideration.

For the people who were happily married, they tend not to stress about their weight anymore since they’ve finally found the one that will make them happy, hopefully, for the rest of their lives. In other words, the “mate hunt” is over.

Meltzer coined this as the “mating market” model wherein people tend to care less of how they look and are focused more on the partner that they currently have right now.

Now, it is important to stress that the average weight gain of the couples that were in the study is not that great, but she does add that it can be substantial over a longer period of time.

In addition, the happy husbands in the study tend to have a BMI of 26 which is classified as “slightly overweight” and the women have a BMI of 23 which is considered as “normal”.

The good thing is that after the 4-year study, Meltzer said that the couples did maintain a relatively healthy weight, despite the fact that the happier couples tend to gain more weight than those who are not happily married.

 

An Added Perspective

Charlotte Mackey, an associate professor of Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said that she did believe Meltzer’s study to be true. People who are not happy in their marriage always make it a point to maintain a relatively good figure so that in the event that a divorce is in order, they can still attract a new mate.

It is also important to note that happy couples that did gain weight together oftentimes compare themselves to each other. They also tend to eat together as well.

In conclusion, some studies do suggest that there is a correlation between being happily married and weight gain.

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