Feeds

Marriage makes women get fat, divorce does same to men

Lonely swingbellies scoff chips once wife departs

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Modern-day feminists will tell you that marriage is good for men and bad for women, and now they have the research to back it up.

Getting married puts women at risk of piling on the pounds, while for men, divorce is the foundation of flab, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

“Married women often have a larger role around the house than men do, and they may have less time to exercise and stay fit than similar unmarried women,” said Dmitry Tumin, lead author of the study and doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University.

“On the other hand, studies show that married men get a health benefit from marriage, and they lose that benefit once they get divorced, which may lead to their weight gain.”

Unfortunately, the data gathered can't tell us why these weight gains happen so we'll have to assume that all that stuff in the movies about recently divorced men subsisting on TV dinners Stateside – or fish, chips and curry here in the UK – is true. And that the modern have-it-all woman still finds the time to force her husband to consume the odd salad.

The researchers used data on 10,071 people surveyed from 1986 to 2008 to determine weight gain in the two years following a marriage or divorce.

The study also concluded that the older you were, the more likely the "shock" of a "marriage transition" would cause you to balloon, although one could conclude that the older you are, the more likely you are to be carrying a little extra weight anyway. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency
Experiment aboard ISS shows we should all chill out for cleaner engines
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.