Education before marriage protects against obesity

29 May 2015

A new study has suggested that people who gain a college degree before they get married are less likely to become obese, compared to those who reach this level of education after their wedding.

Richard Allen Miech, a research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and the lead author of the study, said people who are married before they earn a degree from a four-year college are around 65 per cent more likely to become obese than people who get married after college.

Published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the study looked at nearly 14,000 individuals from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which began tracking 11-19-year olds in 1995.

Participants were interviewed in 1995, surveyed in 1996, 2001-2002, and finally in 2007-2008.

With his team, Dr Miech compared the body mass indexes (BMIs) before and after they graduated from college, and also looked at their marriage.

Dr Miech said. "On average, the initial transition into married life is associated with weight gain, as individualistic exercise tends to drop off and food consumption increases."

Posted by Phillip Briggs 

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