Provocative article in the NY Times summarizes research showing that people put on pounds once they get married. (Duh, Dr. Ellis, like we didn’t know that already!)
A 2008 study in the Journal of Economics and Human Biology examined data from 12,000 men and women ages 18 to mid-40s. Compared with when they were single, the body mass index (or B.M.I., a height-to-weight ratio) of married men increased by 1.5 percent above and beyond what they would normally gain as they aged, and that of women shot up 2 percent.
“Marriage brings along with it social obligations: you eat out more, entertain more frequently, cook meals more frequently, and there’s also an element of being too busy to exercise,” said Laura Argys, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver…. What’s more, for better and worse, married couples tend to share behaviors and activities, like snuggling on the couch with a vat of popcorn rather than hopping on the treadmill….
Dr. David Edelson, the founder and chief executive of Thin-Site (thin-site.com), a weight-loss site, and the medical director of HealthBridge, a group practice in Manhasset, N.Y., cites stress, incompatible food habits, an increase in medications, a decrease in metabolism, child-rearing, smoking cessation and unconscious sabotage as other culprits.
If you’re married, try to be each other’s best buddies in engaging in healthy habits, instead – healthy cooking, exercising together, etc.