Who's house gets fat, right? In fact, it may be the other way around. But only if the marriage is happy. According to a new study, a good marriage can help you lose weight.
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Benefits of marriage include increased longevity and lower cardiovascular risk.
But the advantages end when the spouses get on the scale.
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However, the opposite may happen.
According to a new study, the better a person's marriage is, the less likely they are to become obese at midlife.
The research was done by Harvard T.H School of Public Health. Chan (United States).
In it, questionnaires were administered to 2,650 people, married or in long-term relationships.
They all answered about marital support and tension levels, as well as the overall quality of the relationship.
By assigning values for the answers, each couple earned a grade.
Over the next nine years, their weight was monitored.
As a result, people with high levels of quality and support in marriage were less likely to gain weight over time.
"This suggests that a supportive relationship is associated with a controlled body weight in midlife."
The explanation is from one of the study's authors, Dr. Ying Chen.
"This adds to the evidence that a positive social relationship is a healthy resource."
The difference of this work is exactly in the researched age group.
Young couples have a tendency to get fat as they relax in relation to their weight as they no longer need to look for a partner.
Already married couples around the age of 50 have different values.
And they prioritize health outside the context of physical appearance.
The study was published in the scientific journal Health psychology.