Have you set your weight management as a low priority activity? If so, did this happen after you found your mate and got married? Have you lost interest in staying in-shape for your spouse?
Research shows that marriage has a positive effect on both partners. An article published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine states that married people live longer than unmarried people. But why does weight management go south after marriage?
Table of Contents for Article
- 1 Weight Gain After Marriage
- 2 Marriage increases opportunities for eating
- 3 Married people lose incentive to lose weight
- 4 Couples who divorce tend to lose weight
- 5 Do couples who live together lose the incentive to stay in shape?
- 6 Unmarried couples living together did not gain much weight
- 7 Other Factors for Weight Gain After Marriage
- 8 How has marriage influenced your weight management?
Weight Gain After Marriage
Surprisingly, while marriage positively affects overall health, it also adds to your waistline. Research shows that most people do indeed have weight gain after marriage.
Researchers conducted a study to assess weight gain after marriage. 1200 men and 1300 women participated in the study. The findings were published in an article in the Journal of Obesity Research. Researchers found that there was indeed weight gain after marriage. Participants who got married, inevitably gained weight.
Marriage increases opportunities for eating
Researchers postulated some possibilities for weight gain after marriage. The first possible explanation is that marriage apparently increased cues and opportunities for eating. This is because married people tend to eat together and thus reinforce each other for increased intake.
Married people lose incentive to lose weight
The second explanation given by the researchers was more interesting. This has to do with the fact that slimness is an important consideration when one assesses attractiveness. While you cannot change the face that you are given, you can do a lot to maintain the body that you have.
Weight management is hard work. People who are married have already found their mates. As such, there is little incentive to maintain his or her attractiveness. They tend to let themselves go. They over eat and do not exercise enough. This is one reason why weight gain after marriage becomes inevitable.
Couples who divorce tend to lose weight
Interestingly, couples who divorce tend to lose weight. Again, this seems to come back to slimness and how one views attractiveness. The divorced person loses weight in order to increase one’s attractiveness. This increases the chances of gaining a mate.
Do couples who live together lose the incentive to stay in shape?
In summary, people who get married might gain weight because of weakened motivation for keeping body weight down.
A very recent study confirmed the findings of the earlier studies. Researchers published their findings in the Journal Obesity 2009. The objective of the study was to investigate whether romantic relationships caused couples to put on weight. The researchers found that both men and women who enter marriage are likely to have weight gain after marriage. This remained consistent with findings from other studies. They also found that those who lived with romantic partners for a longer duration had a higher likelihood of gaining weight. This again reinforced the effect of one spouse has on the other.
Unmarried couples living together did not gain much weight
Interestingly again, couples living together without marriage did not gain as much weight. The researchers again theorized that unmarried people have an incentive to look after their weight remain attractive. Married couples lose this incentive once they tie the knot.
Other Factors for Weight Gain After Marriage
Weight gain after marriage could also be attributed to factors such as post-pregnancy weight, having less time to exercise, eating out more and cooking bigger meals. Another factor is the inevitable gain in weight that comes with age.
While weight gain after marriage seems inevitable, couples can take the necessary steps to prevent from becoming another statistic. Married or not, people put on weight simply because they consume more calories than needed. One has to cultivate and maintain the healthy habits of exercise and healthy eating through out life.