Maybe it's because of all of the stress and pressure leading up to a wedding to look your best, but a new study has found that when it comes to love and marriage, not just your tax filing status is changed — so is the number on the scale. According to a relationship study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas, women are more likely to pack on the pounds when they get married, and men are more likely to gain weight when getting a divorce.
The possibility for weight gain after relationship transition is more likely after the age of 30, researchers found. Previous marriage affected weight gain, too, as researchers found that both men and women who had already been married or divorced were more likely than never-married people to have a small weight gain in the two years following their marital transition.
While other studies have shown many gain weight after marriage, this is the first study to show that divorce may also result in weight gain. Previous studies found that divorce usually results in weight loss, however this was the first relationship study that looked at weight gain in men and women separately. While researchers aren't sure why men and women gain weight differently at these times, they hypothesize it's because married women may have a larger role around the house and have a harder time fitting in exercise. They also suggest that men get a health benefit from marriage, and lose that once divorced.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.