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Marriage Equals Happily Fatter After

Wedding season is in full swing. It's a commonly held belief that when we find that special someone, we're supposed to live happily ever after. We may be happy, but recent studies show we may also be overweight too. After a few years of marriage, a couple is twice as likely to become obese as couples who are only dating. What's even worse is that statistics show women gain the most weight. Evidence shows that couples do in fact "let themselves go." Not only do they feel more comfortable with their partner and don't feel the need to keep up their figure to impress, but couples also spend more time watching TV, and aren't engaging in enough physical activity.

In order to gain a spouse without gaining pounds, here are seven tips to help you live healthfully after. If one of you decides to make healthy changes by eating right and exercising more, the health kick tends to be contagious.

Tell me, do these stats apply to you? Did you gain wedding weight after saying "I do?"

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Amesabelle Amesabelle 7 years
P.S. - I love the photo above. I hope I'm that happy and full of life when I'm their age!
Amesabelle Amesabelle 7 years
I think that for some people, getting married or entering into a committed relationship and gaining weight isn't so much a sign of being happy as getting lazy because trying to search for a mate or partner is no longer a consideration. Perhaps more marriages would last if both partners continued to make themselves and their health a priority? Adds to self-confidence and libido. Both good things with a significant other.
pink-pirate pink-pirate 7 years
Is the issue marriage, or cohabitation? It's a bit old-fashioned to think that all newlyweds are living together for the first time. Even for couples who technically do not live together before marriage, many spend 3-4 nights per week together and eat dinner together that often as well.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
Those are old people, not fat people, in that picture. And it does look like they are having fun. I've read this same question on this site recently. I don't think it's true.
cg130 cg130 7 years
I'm not married, but my parents have happily been for nearly 40 years, and they are both slim. My dad only weighs 10 pounds more than he did in high school and walks about 2-3 miles everyday, and my mother is about 20 pounds heavier than she was in high school (she used to be VERY slim), and goes to the gym regularly. Plus they both eat VERY healthy. They've been great role models!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I've stayed about the same, even after having two daughters! My husband gained a lot of weight, but has recently taken all of it off. We've been married 13 years! My husband says that people who get fat after they get married are "happy." Code for fat! But that's cool, as long as they're happy and mostly healthy, a few pounds isn't a deal breaker!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I probably did gain a little from indulging in my husband's eating habits, but I had to stop doing that earlier this year for medical reasons. Now I'm back to my high school weight.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've been married for 4 years and I haven't gained any weight at all. I've just kept up doing what I was doing before I got married. My husband has gained weight though, probably because he has a very sedentary job now and he claims I'm way too good of a cook, lol.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I think I've gained about 5 lbs since getting married last year. I need to get back into exercising after work.
nslods nslods 7 years
I've stayed the same weight and continued my fitness regimen since being married. It's been about a year and a half now. Hubby lost tons of weight before we got married, and he's kept it off. So, this definitely doesn't apply to us.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I am single so this doesn't so much apply to me but I think had I gotten married a few years ago it could have. Being single helped me to make fitness a big part of my lifestyle and now I can't imagine not being active and physically fit. If a man wants to marry me, he is just going to have to deal with the fact that fitness is and always will be a big part of my life.
syako syako 7 years
Neither of us have gained weight. Hubby has lost weight, not like he needed to. And I've said it before, we talked way before marriage about how neither of us will "let ourselves go."
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I agree the photo should have been an obese couple sitting on the couch watchiing tv and eating packaged food. I've already made the decision that if I do get married, I am definitely going to keep-up my no television rule, and exercise regularly. My current boyfriend doesn't watch tv either, and is a marathon runner.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No, the stats do not apply to me. I'm committed to my lifestyle of fitness. My husband and I have been together for over 10 years, and I've arguably gotten more fit since we married.
carbizkate carbizkate 7 years
P.S. Zulkey, I also think that couple is adorable.
carbizkate carbizkate 7 years
Yes, I have gained weight since getting married. However, I'm quite certain that it's from that wacko antidepressants I was prescribed, which I have since discontinued. My husband and I enjoy working out together and I'm looking forward to getting back to my pre-med self.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Incidentally I feel bad because I think my husband gets more exercise when I work out with him which is fine when we go to the gym but when I'm doing something outside like biking or running, I kind of prefer to go solo.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I know that pic is probably just stock photography but that couple looks like a lot of fun.
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