If you thought that happily ever after came in the form of marriage, according to researchers it also comes in the form of weight gain, with a new study revealing that wedded bliss makes you fat!
Apparently married couples have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who are single and are less inclined to participate in sporting activities. What’s more, while lovebirds were found to eat better, they still weighed significantly more.
The study, conducted by the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, compared the body mass index of married couples with that of singles in nine European countries and examined possible reasons for weight gain by investigating their eating and exercise behaviours.
What they found was that while couples were more inclined to buy more unprocessed foods and less convenience foods, they exercised less and weren’t necessarily healthier. Ralph Hertwig, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, explained to the Daily Mail: “Our findings show how social factors can impact health.
“In this case, that the institution of marriage and certain changes in behaviour within that context are directly related to nutrition and body weight.”
Another study that basically proves that you’re doomed for weight gain after marriage was published by Forza Supplements in 2013. The survey, which polled 1000 people, found that tying the knot caused couples to put on an average of 2kg in their first year of marriage, with the comfort of a stable relationship causing them to leave their healthy habits at the altar.
What’s more, this number then progressed over time with couples stacking on over 6kg in less than four years after saying “I do.” The main reason came down to staying in together and snacking while watching TV, however it was also found that people who had settled down felt less pressure to look good as they were no longer seeking a partner.
Surprisingly, 72 per cent of respondents agreed on this and admitted that the pressure to stay slim was far greater when they were single, suggesting that marriage is a good excuse to let yourself go!
So, is the comfort and social habits associated with marriage doing more damage than good? According to Lee Smith, managing director of Forza Supplements, becoming too content with ‘the one’ can result in health consequences.
Speaking to the Daily Mail when the study was released, he said: “We are all looking to find ‘the one.’ But the comfort this brings can wreck many people’s diets.”
“It is quite staggering that many couples are a stone heavier less than four years on from their wedding day. What is also striking about the research is how married men and women’s weight tends to go up in tandem. If one half is letting themselves go, so is the other.
“On a more positive note, if the husband or wife decides to diet, so does their other half.”
So there you have it, do you think you’ll get married any time soon?