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Monday, October 10, 2011

Gendered Benefits to Marriage?

From Good Health:

Cut the cake! Both men and women are likely to pack on a few extra pounds after they get married. That modest figure is an average—it also includes married folks who gain or lose a significant amount of weight upon tying the knot. And according to a new study, marriage is linked to a heightened risk for major weight gain among women. For men, the pounds come a little bit later: after the divorce.

Add a steady waist measurement to one of the many social perks of marrying as a man. Married men make more money and get more promotions than single guys. They live longer, have less heart disease, drink less, smoke less weed, and experience less stress. Meanwhile, married women have less fulfilling sex lives and less free time than their husbands. They also have smaller paychecks. (They do get to keep smoking the same amount of weed). These factors help explain why women are less into marriage than men are. And they may also contribute to the gendered risk of gaining weight after getting hitched. 

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Typically, when a couple gets married, they tend to slow down (ie, they are not as physically active as they were when they were single).

The fact that both men and women tend to gain weight after tying the knot is of no surprise.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Oct 11, 2011 8:47:32 AM

The sexual life is still there, they also slow down because of the responsibilities and the problem they go through Engagement Rings

Posted by: Gal Harat | Oct 25, 2011 12:42:37 PM

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