The American Sociological Association carried out research on 10,071 individuals, over a period of time from 1986 to 2008, to determine any changes in body weight throughout this timescale.
In order to see if marriage and divorce were factors in weight increase, the researchers compared the body mass index between those who were newly married or divorced, with those who were either already married at the time, and those who were single. Interestingly, the study found that people who were within two years of a marriage or divorce, were at the highest risk of large increases in weight gain.
The study revealed that marriage caused a 33% risk of a small increase in women, whereas with those who were newly divorced, this figure was 22%. Men who were recently married, had a 28% risk of a small weight increased, and a 21% risk after divorce. These weight gains are so significant, especially within a short period of time, that they could actually lead to a lot of health issues for females in the future.
There are many factors which contribute to the reasons why both sexes experience weight gains during these transition periods. The main factor is that marriage inevitably leads to a complete change in lifestyle, and it can take a period of time before it settles down into a proper, healthy routine. Divorce is generally dealt with differently by people, some may overeat, others will eat very little.
If you are worried about changes in your weight after marriage or divorce, then you may want to look into hypnotherapy as a way of dealing with your eating habits. To find out more about how it could help you, please visit our fact sheet for further information
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