A research from Southern Methodist University at Dallas, published on scholarly journal Health Psychology, suggests that a happy marriage has a surprising side effect. The happier a couple is on their marriage, the higher is the tendency to end up with weight gain issues. This is true for both men and women.
Scientists have examined 169 newly wed couples for four years. In this period of time, they asked the couples to mark how satisfied they are with their marriage on a scale from 1 to 10. At the same time, they recorded their weight and height.
The results show that for each point on the marriage satisfaction scale, the Body Fat Percentage (BFP) of men and women raised 10% of the index per six months. This means that an average woman of 1.62m and 54kg, gained 0.5 kg in every six months.
Research focused on newlywed couples to leave out any other factors that appear in marriage and lead to additional weight. An example could be getting pregnant.
Why Happy Marriage Could Lead To Weight Gain
Men and women that are happy with their marriage probably don’t worry too much about their silhouette. If you don’t need to flirt with other people all the time, you might start to neglect your body. So they end up thinking that they don’t have to maintain a fit image. They are now living a happy marriage and that’s now the most important part. The concept that their partner will love them no matter what, is then crystallised in their mind.
Dr Andrea Meltser explains. “In average, couples that lead a happy marriage, have far less chances to leave their husband or wife. This leads to extra weight. In contrast, couples that are less satisfied with their relationship, tend to gain less weight as time goes by”.
Couples that stay together tend to get more weight, while couples that get a divorce tend to lose weight. The experts agree that people think about the physique of their body more like just an external image of their overall appearance rather than a holistic approach of their health.
There is one more reason why happy marriage leads to more weight. Sabotage. Unfortunately, when one of them has a great desire for the other half, they try to make them less desirable for others. In other words, not only don’t they judge them when they see them eating a bit more than usual, but they actually encourage this unhealthy behaviour with a really subtle and “innocent” way. This technique is often triggered by the subconscious fear that derives from jealousy.
Associating happy marriage with more weight shows that our body is in fact subject to psychological factors more than we think. This research, along with others on the same matter, shows that there is no strict mechanism in human body that sets our weight in a predefined status, as it was once believed.
Do you have a happy marriage? Have you seen a change in your body? Do you agree with this research that shows happy marriage could lead to weight gain? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.