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When men dare: The pounds increase with marital happiness
After marriage, men generally gain weight. A British study suggests that. The University of Bath scientists had evaluated data from a long-term American study.
From 1999 to 2013, over 8,700 men under the age of 65 provided information about their marital status, height and weight every two years. The body mass index (BMI) can be calculated from this. The BMI is a common measure of body weight and indicates the ratio of weight (in kg) to body size (in m to square). Over the course of the investigation period, 24 percent of men married, 39 percent had a child, and 12 percent got divorced.
The analysis of the data showed that married men have a higher BMI than single on average. The difference was only 1.4 kg on average. This supports the marriage market theory that men in marriage should be less motivated to move and take care of their bodies. It would also be possible for regular family meals to increase caloric intake. This would also explain that the body mass index of men and women usually changes similarly in the course of marriage.
Even if the man becomes a father, the event is reflected on the scales. The weight remains constant during pregnancy. However, the BMI increases in the first four years after birth. The men probably have less time for sporting activities during this time, the scientists believe.
A temporarily falling testeron level could also promote weight gain. The BMI decreases again shortly before and after the divorce. On the one hand, this can be attributed to the stressful situation, which hits the appetite of many. In addition, the men pay more attention to their figure after the divorce, the scientists speculate in the journal “Social Science & Medicine”. The study results can help to understand the connections between social factors and body weight. Then measures to prevent obesity in different life situations can work better. Heike Kreutz, respectively