Yep you read right! Science, that squirrelly rascal that raises its eyebrows whenever you even so much as look at that next glass of red wine, has finally provided a lovely reason to gain weight and the reason is… a happy marriage.
And there’s an actual study to back it up! Stephanie Schoeppe recently released the information on the relationship weight gain phenomenon.
Stephanie is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Central Queensland University (which is a bit of a freakin’ mouthful itself eh… get it)
The study claims that the reason behind the weight gain amongst married couples is that, even though they eat meals more regularly with each other and typically eat healthier food, they have larger portions and therefore a higher calorie intake which leads to weight gain. Single people, on the other hand, are apparently more likely to skip meals and eat less – the study also suggests that couples may typically be more happy to gain weight as they are not trying to attract a mate. Which is sure to make people feel much better about their weight.
“Happy couples eat healthier but weigh more. This is the finding of our study which is consistent with other previous studies but not all. However, our study examined a large population sample — over 15,000 adults — hence our findings provide a significant insight into this topic.”
Quite frankly the study, in my very validated scientific opinion, comes yet again down to, the old rubric of ‘(insert thing that a large portion of the population has/does) makes you (insert a physiological condition that society considers not the norm/dangerous)’.