Marriage Gives You Extra Pounds

Sep 03, 2009
People, who get married, tend to gain more weight after a year of living together. Over several years of marriage, couples are twice as likely to put on extra weight, as are men and women, who are just dating, a new study suggests.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina found that men and women in a happy marriage undergo certain physical and emotional changes, which make them prone to weight gain, if compared to non-married couples.

Penny Gordon-Larsen and Natalie The, the leading researchers of the study say that married couples are at greater risk of becoming obese due to several reasons. First of all, couples start feeling more comfortable and confident, which increases their appetite. Also married couples tend to be less restrictive in their diet, which makes it difficult for them to follow any diet plan.

In addition, couples receive numerous invitations from their family ad friends after the wedding. Women also often indulge in emotional eating once the wedding stress is over.

Previous studies showed that most married young people gain 15 to 30 pounds on average over five years of living together. The newly married young couples gain 6 to 9 pounds more if compared to men and women of their age group, who are single.

In general, couples tend to be more relaxed and comfortable with their appearance after marriage and are less concerned about increasing waistline. Besides, many women are prone to weight gain after childbirth. Overall, the feeling of satisfaction and happiness does not contribute to weight loss.