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Marriage and divorce lead to weight gain

Marriage and divorce lead to weight gain Life event increases risk of obesity

You may gain weight whether you get married or divorced, according to the latest research.

A study of 10,071 people found that there is an increased risk of putting on the pounds in the two years after a marriage begins or ends.

Women are most at risk, researchers from Ohio State University found.

The study looked at subjects for 22 years, monitoring marital status and body mass index, and comparing the latter to that of people who were already married or single.

The researchers took into account the study subject's health, education, employment, financial situation and pregnancy, but still found a correlation between marriage, divorce and weight gain.

Marriage increased the risk of small weight gain in women by 33 per cent, large weight gain by 48 percent, and 22 per cent small weight gain after divorce.

In men, it increased the risk of small weight gain by 28 per cent, and 21 per cent after divorce.

Dmitry Tumin, who led the research, commented: "To some extent, marriages for women promote weight gains that may be large enough to pose a health risk."

This article was published on Mon 22 August 2011

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