Why Married Couples Gain Weight So Quickly? – Study Shows

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Some married couples and partners in any relationship gain noticeable weight during their first few years, either due to routine or nutrition changes after the relationship or not going to the gym anymore.

Weather that was true or false, scientists have done plenty of research to see if this is real or just a thing from an imagination. Two studies we deducted in the past few years on this topic confirming that not only the partner you love will make you fat but the “things” you love in life will result in weight gains.

Does Marital Wealth Gain You Weight?

This is a controversial question, because some people believe it does, while others aren’t convinced by the idea. The researchers who did the study said that material satisfaction makes the relationship healthier. Calling this the health regulation model.

A study done in 2013 by researchers from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, 169 newlywed couples who they have joined on their marital journeys for four years, found something quite unexpected and opposite to what’s stated before about how it makes a couple gain additional weight.

During the study, researchers found that spouses shared information eight times about their height, weight, marital satisfaction, stress and steps toward divorce.

Unlike what the health regulation model states, the mating market model came up with another theory that turned out to be truer regards to couples’ weight gains.

According to the model, couples who are not living in a happy and healthy relationship are very likely to lose weight. Why? Because -according to researchers, when a relationship isn’t going well or too problematic the other partner discretely thinks of attracting another partner or mate, and therefore they actually go to the gym and begin their weight loss journey, although this doesn’t apply to every married couple trying to lose weight but it definitely makes sense.

On the other hand, partners that are satisfied with the relationship they’re and loving the way they’re living, are less concerned about standing on the scale and checking their weight every time because they are just happy the way they are for their partner and that what matters to them at the end of the day.

According to the lead researchers, Andrea Meltzer:

“Satisfaction is positively associated with weight gain, Spouses who are more satisfied tend to gain more weight, and spouses who are less satisfied tend to gain less weight.”

Since the beginning of the study, researchers kept track of the couples’ weight and noted every slight change, this is what they noticed.

The original body mass of the husbands was 26 BMI for the husband and 23 BMI for the wives and remind you that both are overweight.

Meltzer said:

“For each unit of increase in satisfaction found, either by the person or the partner, a 0.12 increase in BMI occurred every six months, on average,”

Studies didn’t stop here though, as another one just published last year’s February of 2018 in PLOS One. This study been collecting data for 10 years before its publication from 15,001 Australians. For the sole purpose of finding if REALY being in a relationship causes the partners to become obese compared to singles.

Looking at things from a different perspective, Stephanie Schoeppe and her research team, deducted that singles had an average yearly weight gain of 1.8 kg, whereas couples had 5.8 kg average weight gain. But, why is this the case?

The bizarre thing is although couples smoke less, drink less alcohol, sit less in the couch, eat less than single people but still, couples are noticeably obese than their single counter parts.   according to the data from 2005-2014

Interestingly, the data from 2005-2014 revealed that although couples smoke less, drink less alcohol, watch less television and eat less fast food than single people, couples still weighed more.

Schoeppe the lead researcher, suggests that with the absence of the need for a partner and constantly trying to look your best may contribute to weight gains during the relationship.

She said: “When Couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract a partner, they may feel more comfortable in eating more, or eating more foods high in fat and sugar. When couples have children in the household, they tend to eat the children’s leftovers or snacks.”

The cause of one’s weight gain is broad and hard to define as there are many factors that together result in overweighting:

  • Stress
  • Over eating or drinking and bad nutrition habits
  • Lack of physical activity, if any
  • Everyday habits (e.g., sit-down job, TV all day)

So, the causes of overweighing aren’t one, researchers found many that do, and at the end of the day it’s up to you to see what the cause could be based on the information here. Is it your sit-down job? Or eating too much sugars? Whatever that was it’s important for people to see what they’re doing wrong and trying to fix it by implementing a healthy lifestyle although it could be challenging at first, but you’ll win your health and your relationship in years from now.