A recent research carried out at the University of Michigan examined how the negative quality of marriage can be a contributing factor to weight gain, possibly leading to obesity, when couples are stressed.
The results though varied by gender.
The study specifically focused on chronic stress, which is an ongoing circumstance occurring for more than a year and threatens to overwhelm an individual’s resources, such as financial problems, difficulties at work or long-term care giving.
Participants came from the nationally longitudinal Health and Retirement Study at the U-M Institute for Social Research.
The sample included 2,042 married individuals who completed questions about their waist circumference, negative marriage quality, stress levels and other factors in 2006 and 2010.
Couples were married for an average of 34 years.