Both marriage and divorce can act as “weight shocks”
According to the newest researches, the beginning and the end of a marriage could be critical for your health. Study has discovered that women start gaining weight after they get married; while man do so when they get divorced.
“When drastic changes happen in your life, there is a risk of gaining some extra pounds
”, explains Dmitry Tumin from Ohio State University in Canada. The study showed that weight gaining was more drastic among people who are over the age of 30.
Most people do not gain that much weight after the marriage or respectively divorce but some of them this gaining could hide a lot of health risks.
Marriage, divorce and weight gaining
Other studies showed that generally people gain a few pounds after marriage and loose some after divorce. But the results were averaged. Then some scientists asked “But what if some of the people gain a lot of pounds and some are losing a lot?”
The researchers checked the results of the questionnaires of 10 000 women and men, whose health was monitored from 1986 to 2008. Participants were between 22 and 29-years-old at the beginning of the study and 43 – 51 at the end of it.
Scientists looked at the data of gained or lost weight for 2 years after marriage and/or divorce. They came to the conclusion that gaining from 3 to 9 pounds is considered as “normal” but from 9 and more is a “risk”.
For the two-year test period there was observed that married women have 46 % bigger chance of weight gain than non-married. Men, on the other side, had no risk (or very little) of gaining some extra pounds. But divorced men had 63 % higher risk of gaining weight in two years after separation.
The results form the study can’t reveal why women are more likely to have large weight gains after marriage, while divorce is more likely to make men fat.
However, these results fit with other researches on how marriage affects men and women.