THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Yet another reason to think hard before saying ‘I do’

By Beth Teitell
Globe Staff / March 17, 2011

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A 2009 study in the journal Obesity about relationship-related weight gain noted that women are more likely than men to become obese after marrying. What gives? The authors speculated the following can lead to larger jean sizes: increased social obligations encouraging consumption of regular meals, larger portion sizes, decreased physical activity, and a decline in the desire to maintain weight for the purpose of attracting a mate.

Alas, the weight news isn’t positive for husbands, either. “Our longitudinal findings suggest that both men and women who enter marriage are more likely to become obese,’’ the authors wrote. How much fatter are married couples? Researcher Penny Gordon-Larsen sent along these statistics about the percentage of couples in which each partner is obese:

16.04 %

Married

9.32 %

Cohabiting

5.68 %

Dating

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