Wedded bliss comes with a downside — a bigger waistline. A new study of 169 newlywed couples in their 20s finds that those who were very satisfied with their marriage gained more weight over a four-year period compared with couples who were less satisfied.
The reason? Having already achieved the coveted goal of attracting a desirable mate, content married couples are less motivated to maintain a healthy weight, said the researchers from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
But despite the extra pounds, being married confers health benefits in other ways — satisfied married couples are more likely to go to the doctor and take medications on time.