Definitely not good news for spouses. Gotta keep that weight under control!
Moreover, a new study--conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University--adds to this body of knowledge, indicating that spouses tend to gain weight in tandem. The pattern seems to be that a “normal weight” spouse whose spouse moves from “normal weight” to “heavyweight”—that is, obese—is more likely to become a “heavyweight”!
When the study began, 23% of the males and 25% of the females were obese. But, 25 years later:
- The 77% of non-obese men whose wives morphed into heavyweights between the initial and final physical exams were 78% more likely to become obese during that period.
- The 75% of females whose husband’s morphed into heavyweights correlated with an 89% increase in becoming heavyweights.
- Few spouses entering the study as heavyweights lost a sufficient amount of weight by the end of the study to be considered normal weight. But, when a spouse moved from heavyweight to normal weight, the other spouse was also more likely to follow in one's spouses footsteps.
The “take away”?
Not that marriage will turn spouses into heavyweights, although that’s entirely feasible. And, not that similar changes in diet, physical activity, or other behaviors will impact obesity, although that’s entirely feasible, too. But, more likely, marriage causes spouses over time to mirror one another in terms of weight.
Or just perhaps...food generally wins (in ~75% of marriages) over a healthy lifestyle most of the time.
Or just maybe...marriage leads to premature death because it causes spouses to down too many calories! How could that be possible?
Speaking of being overweight, Donald Trump chimed in again last night in Worchester, MA:
Let the discussion begin...
To read the study, click on the following link: