Higher BMI The Price of Married Bliss?

Posted by juggernautPT on April 03, 2013

Higher BMI The Price of Married Bliss?
Higher BMI The Price of Married Bliss

Research has backed up the widely held belief that those in happy marriages display their contentment via an expanded waistline.

In a study of 170 married couples, happiness and weight were regularly gauged over a four-year period. The research team from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, found that each recorded unit of increase in satisfaction correlated to an average 0.12 increase in BMI every six months.

Lead researcher Andrea Meltzer, an assistant professor of psychology and a social psychologist at the university, said ‘Satisfaction is positively associated with weight gain. Spouses who are more satisfied tend to gain more weight, and spouses who are less satisfied tend to gain less weight.’ Meltzer did note, however, that the association did not prove cause-and-effect.

Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey, stressed the need for happy couples to make healthy living part of their relationship, saying ‘If you love your partner, you should be involved and invested in his or her health. You should also care about maintaining your own health so that you are around to spend time with your partner.’

 


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