Women Becomes Fat After Marriage, Men After Divorce


In a survey involving more than 10,000 men and women between 1986 and 2008, it was found that shocks in relationships can affect weight in both men and women.

The findings reveal that marriage and divorce both give ‘shock’ effect that leads to rapid weight gain, especially at the age of 30-years old. But, there are clear differences between men and women in traumatic marriage experiences in their waist circumference.

The researchers used data from U.S. national surveys, men and women were weighed every year to see how many kilograms they added or loss within two years after marriage or divorce.

Until the age of 30, marriage and divorce had little impact on body weight in men and women. However, above that age, the tendency to experience weight gain after marriage or divorce begin to rise until the age of 50 years old.

Both sexes tend to gain weight within two years after a divorce or marriage compared to people who are not married.

According to the Telegraph, Dmitry Tumin from Ohio State University, who led the study, said, “Obviously, there are differences in the effects of marital transitions on changes in body weight by gender”.

“For men, to some extent they gain weight, and for women, marriage causes weight gain that may pose health risks.”

The biggest impact will be felt in people who are older, because it would be a bigger shock later on.

The research, that is presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas, August 22, 2011, stated, the cause of men and women to respond differently to divorce and marriage are not quite clear.

Prof. Zhenchao Qian, a researcher, said, “Women who are married often have a greater role around the house than men, and they may have little time to exercise and stay fit than unmarried women.

“On the other hand, research shows that married men get health benefits from marriage, and they lose the benefits after divorce, which can cause weight gain,” he said.