Good news ladies, if you’re going through a divorce, you’re more likely to come out on top (Reese Witherspoon anyone?). It turns out women may gain weight while they’re actually married, but it’s the men who gain it after a divorce.
In a recent study, researchers tracked the weight and marital statuses of a large group of 10,000 men and women over the span of 22 years. The results found that women were 46 percent more likely to gain their weight post-nuptials, while men were 63 percent more likely to gain it post-divorce.
So what exactly causes this to happen? In either case, weight gain is often a response to added stress in a person’s environment. Researchers speculate that because of an increase in household responsibilities, women are less concerned with exercising and eating healthily. Men, on the other hand, are healthier during marriage because they gain a partner to look after their eating and exercise habits. After a divorce, this support disappears and the pounds pile on.
Overall, the participants in this study didn’t experience enough weight gain to significantly impact their health, but it’s still important to note. The takeaway here is-remember to take time out to care for yourself, whether you’re on an emotional high or not. Otherwise, you might end up on a weight roller coaster that could be hard to stop.
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