Getting married? We have bad news for you…

If you’re busy planning a wedding, you might just want to read this first…

Getting married? We have bad news for you…

by Kayleigh Dray |
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There really is such a thing as wedded bliss, it seems - but it comes at a cost.

For years, we’ve all been told that married couples are happier than singles, that they are less likely experience cancer, that they’re more likely to be stress-free, that depression rarely affects them, and that they even LIVE LONGER.


But scientists have now revealed that there is one downside to being happily married - and it’s centred around the couple’s waistlines.

A study into the body mass index of more than 10,000 people found that BMI was higher for people who were married.

And that wasn't just in the UK, either; they also compared married couples and singletons from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Spain, too!

Ralph Hertwig, director of the Centre for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, said: “Our findings show how social factors can impact health.

“In this case, that the institution of marriage and certain changes in behaviour within that context are directly related to nutrition and body weight.”

Which, when you break it down into the simplest terms, basically means that getting married really DOES cause you to put on weight.

It’s not necessarily down to the fact that they’re eating junk food constantly, or that they’re eating way too much food, either; in fact, married couples are more likely to opt for healthy meals.

It’s actually all down to the lack of exercise - presumably brought on by cuddly Netflix marathons and long Sunday lie-ins.

The difference in weight between married couples and singletons is not, however, all that huge.

The average BMI of single men in the study was 25.7, while married men were 26.3.

The average BMI for single women was 25.1 while married women were 25.6.

Which means that, according to the World Health Organisation, EVERYONE is overweight - after all, they do say that anyone with a BMI between 25 and 30 needs to make some healthy changes.


Couple’s yoga, anyone?

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