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article imageStudy: Marriage and divorce cause weight gain

By Samuel Okocha     Aug 23, 2011 in Health
A new study has shown that men are more likely to experience weight gains after divorce while women add more after they get married. This is especially common among those over age 30, and changes start as early as two years after marital transition.
The researchers were said to have used data on 10,071 people surveyed from 1986 to 2008 in the US to determine weight gain in the two years following a marriage or divorce.
"Clearly, the effect of marital transitions on weight changes differs by gender," said Dmitry Tumin, lead author of the study and doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University.
"Divorces for men and, to some extent, marriages for women promote weight gains that may be large enough to pose a health risk."
The new research is to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association according to the release on its website.
Tumin said the probability of large weight gains for those in their mid-20s was slim. ''But later in life, there is much more of a difference," he added.
Zhenchao Qian, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University, worked with Tumin. The professor says the life style of married women affects their weight.
"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," Qian said.
For men, he said, ''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."
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