Are Married Men More Likely to Be Overweight? A New Study Says Yes

Relationships, Wellness
Does Marriage Make Men Fat

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Your new husband's happiness may have skyrocketed after you tied the knot, but guess what else could get bigger, too? His waistline. A new study of more than 2,000 young adults published this month in the journal Families, Systems & Health and reported by found some surprising news: Married men are 25 percent more likely to be overweight than those who are single, casually dating, or in committed/engaged relationships.

It's not entirely clear why, considering that the study didn't find any differences in "health behaviors" (i.e., physical activity, diet) by relationship status (although, interestingly, it did find that married gals are more likely to eat breakfast than their non-married counterparts). But, the authors note, the "findings suggest that being married may be a risk factor for overweight/obesity in young adult men and may be a protective factor for health-related behaviors associated with overweight/obesity such as breakfast intake for young adult women."

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We'll admit to feeling just the slightest bit of schadenfreude about this news—but alas, it appears wives aren't completely off the hook when it comes to weight gain, either. (You knew that was coming, right?) Another recent study, from 2013, looked at more than 160 married couples and found that the more content people were in their marriages, the more weight they ended up gaining over time. (Not so happy? Not so much weight gain.)

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To which we say this: Of course, health is important, and we're all for couples' workouts. But really—what's so bad about a few extra pounds when you're experiencing wedded bliss?

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