Remarriage Makes Men Gain Weight

Men who remarry appear to put their feet up - tending to do less exercise and putting on weight, researchers have found. The Harvard School of Public Health study suggested their weight gain may be due to marriage improving men's 'bachelor' eating habits. But the marital demands on their time appear to prevent them making it to the gym to work off the calories. The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It followed over 38,000 men aged between 40 and 75 between 1986 and 1994. All the men were healthcare professionals taking part in a long term study into chronic illness. The men were asked about their marital status at least twice during this period. They were also asked to complete detailed questionnaires about their dietary and exercise habits, and how much they smoke and drank. The study did not look at how marital status affected women's health.

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