Marriage detrimentally affects weight, argues new research

22 August 2011

The effect of marriage on both men and women can be measured in one respect through weight gain, a new sociological study from Ohio State University has claimed.

In research that poses intriguing questions about the possible reasons behind incidences of weight loss surgery, the paper found that marital transitions - whether weddings or divorce proceedings - significantly change people's body mass indexes (BMIs), especially after 30 years of age.

The survey sampled records from 10,071 people measured between 1986 and 2008 and found that men are more likely on average to increase their BMI following a divorce, while women put on weight more in married life.

"As you get older, having a sudden change in your life like a marriage or a divorce is a bigger shock than it would have been when you were younger, and that can really impact your weight," explained Zhenchao Qian, professor of sociology at the institution.

In research perhaps relevant for some married couples suffering from weight gain, studies from Adelaide University found that the benefits of losing weight among men with type-2 diabetes include reversals of erectile dysfunction and a lower risk of urinary tract infections.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 Wittert, et al. "Comparing Effects of a Low-energy Diet and a High-protein Low-fat Diet on Sexual and Endothelial Function, Urinary Tract Symptoms, and Inflammation in Obese Diabetic Men". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Friday August 5th 2011.

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