Marriage makes women fat

Women twice as likely to be obese within a few years of marrying

If you want to stay slim, stay single, new research suggests.

Women who marry are twice as likely to become obese as single women, Time magazine reports.

A study published in the journal Obesity tracked nearly 7,000 people over several years, and found that women who cohabit are at risk of weight gain too. A woman who has lived with a man for five years or less is 63% more likely to be obese than a single woman.

‘With women, we saw incremental risk after one year,’ said Penny Gordon-Larsen one of the researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). ‘The longer she lived with a romantic partner, the more likely she was to keep putting on weight.’

The researchers questioned some couples more closely to find out why women are at such risk of weight gain. They conclude that it is a combination of mealtimes becoming more important, less exercise and couples relaxing and letting themselves go.

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