Food. Many of us love stuffing our faces with it even if it means a bigger belly. We eat when we’re happy. We eat when we’re sad. Some of us even eat when we’re mad. But this isn’t a tale from Dr. Seuss. I am here to talk about love and weight gain. Because there is a correlation.
It begins on our wedding day. Love is celebrated with dancing, family and tons of appetizers, desserts and maybe even a buffet. And how can we forget the wedding cake? The tradition of celebrating happiness with food continues in marriage. Many people believe that once married, couples gain weight. Some say it’s because we are no longer single and so we let go of primping, pressing and dieting. But it may be because a couple is happy.
According to a study, married folks who were happier with their spouse and their marriage gained more weight. A researcher followed 169 newlywed couples for four years, gathering information on their marital satisfaction and weight gain or loss. Unhappier spouses (or as Dr. Seuss would say, grumpy) gained less weight during the marriage. Also, a 2012 study found similar results. Out of the women surveyed 6 percent gained weight as a result of a happy relationship. Once heartbroken, however, many more women (27 percent) lost weight.
So, it seems that a happy wife and husband makes for a healthy appetite. Just make sure to stay away from those green eggs and ham.
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