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      On average, young newlyweds who are satisfied with their marriage gain weight in the early years after they exchange vows, putting them at increased risk for various health problems related to being overweight.

      That is the finding of a new study on marital satisfaction and weight gain, according to psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, lead researcher and an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

      "On average, spouses who were more satisfied with their marriage were less likely to consider leaving their marriage, and they gained more weight over time," Meltzer said. "In contrast, couples who were less satisfied in their relationship tended to gain less weight over time."

      The study's researchers said the findings challenge the long-held notion that quality relationships are always beneficial to one's health. Instead, they said, 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.

      The article, "Marital satisfaction predicts weight gain in early marriage," is published online in the scientific journal Health Psychology.

      The study was based on data from 169 first-married newlywed couples whose marital satisfaction and weight were tracked over the course of four years.
      Marriage associated with weight gain; divorce associated with weight loss

      Previous psychological research has established that marriage is associated with weight gain and that divorce is associated with weight loss. But the role of marital satisfaction in those changes in weight is less clear, Meltzer said.

      Previous research also has demonstrated that marital satisfaction is associated with health maintenance behaviors, she said.

      "For example, studies have found that satisfied couples are more likely to take medications on time and schedule annual physicals," Meltzer said. "Yet the role of marital satisfaction and actual health is less clear."

      Meltzer set out to examine the association between marital satisfaction and changes in weight over time.

      For four years, the newlyweds reported twice a year on their marital satisfaction and steps toward divorce. They also reported their height and weight, which was used to calculate their body mass indices.

      Focus on maintaining weight is more about appearance than health?

      Spouses who were less happy in their marriage were more likely to consider leaving their partner, Meltzer said, and on average gained less weight over time.
      "So these findings suggest that people perhaps are thinking about their weight in terms of appearance rather than health," she said.

      The study suggests young couples should be educated and encouraged to think about their weight as a factor of maintaining their health.

      "We know that weight gain can be associated with a variety of negative health consequences, for example diabetes and cardiovascular disease," Meltzer said. "By focusing more on weight in terms of health implications as opposed to appearance implications, satisfied couples may be able to avoid potentially unhealthy weight gain over time in their marriages."

      Besides Meltzer, co-authors are James K. McNulty, Florida State University; Sara A. Novak, Hofstra University; Emily A. Butler, University of Arizona; and Benjamin R. Karney, University of California, Los Angeles.

      The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the Fetzer Institute; and the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

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      Journal Reference:
      Meltzer AL, Novak SA, McNulty JK, Butler EA, Karney BR. Marital Satisfaction Predicts Weight Gain in Early Marriage. Health Psychology, 2013; [link]

      Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...Weight+Loss%29
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        There is no decisive evidence that satisfied marriages are because the couple "gains weight". This is absurd. You lose weight from divorce due to stress. You have a divorce because you jumped the gun and exchanged vows haphazardly and you have no spine to stick through it or you simply don't value marriage enough to keep going with it. That's a cultural issue, not a weight issue.

        I don't like this article because it totally negates the important aspects of divorces and why they happen. Simply put, both partners (that get a divorce) are selfish and therefore unsatisfied. When you are unsatisfied, you worry about things like how you look, how you feel, and how much attention you are getting from the world. You basically find you worth in everything BUT your spouse. You focus on yourself rather than your spouse.

        Again, silly connections. And loose connections at best.
      1. atanocc's Avatar
        atanocc -
        Lol .. I can say me n wife did gain some weight at first, but then got a membership to the gym and starting living a healthier lifestyle.. heavier then we started but not from being fat but from being leaner
      1. michelle82's Avatar
        michelle82 -
        Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
        There is no decisive evidence that satisfied marriages are because the couple "gains weight". This is absurd. You lose weight from divorce due to stress. You have a divorce because you jumped the gun and exchanged vows haphazardly and you have no spine to stick through it or you simply don't value marriage enough to keep going with it. That's a cultural issue, not a weight issue.

        I don't like this article because it totally negates the important aspects of divorces and why they happen. Simply put, both partners (that get a divorce) are selfish and therefore unsatisfied. When you are unsatisfied, you worry about things like how you look, how you feel, and how much attention you are getting from the world. You basically find you worth in everything BUT your spouse. You focus on yourself rather than your spouse.

        Again, silly connections. And loose connections at best.
        I totally agree with you!
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by atanocc View Post
        Lol .. I can say me n wife did gain some weight at first, but then got a membership to the gym and starting living a healthier lifestyle.. heavier then we started but not from being fat but from being leaner
        Exactly.

        I met my wife in the gym. So what does that say about us then? We look and feel better now than ever before, lol.

        In fact, I have gained weight too but it's been good weight ~ 10lbs of muscle. I haven't ever been so jacked as I am now since I have been married.
      1. michelle82's Avatar
        michelle82 -
        Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post

        Exactly.

        I met my wife in the gym. So what does that say about us then? We look and feel better now than ever before, lol.

        In fact, I have gained weight too but it's been good weight ~ 10lbs of muscle. I haven't ever been so jacked as I am now since I have been married.
        My husband and I are both eating clean, we hired each one a coach we do resistance/weight training daily with one day off. He was skinny when I met him I was a bit chubby. We are both happy and love each other the way we were. Now we just one to be healthier, we have a 2 year old baby. We want to be more active and I'm hoping to participate on my first competition next year!
      1. atanocc's Avatar
        atanocc -
        Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post

        Exactly.

        I met my wife in the gym. So what does that say about us then? We look and feel better now than ever before, lol.

        In fact, I have gained weight too but it's been good weight ~ 10lbs of muscle. I haven't ever been so jacked as I am now since I have been married.
        Yessir.. Cheers to gains lol but yea, I guess it all depends on if you have that someone to support your goals and maybe even train with you. N that, i guess, would b the determining factor haha.

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