Research: Weight fluctuates with marriages, divorces


August 22, 2011 2:38:53 PM PDT
New research reveals tying or untying the knot seems to affect men's and women's waistlines differently.

It finds that women are more apt to pile on excess pounds after marriage while men add the weight after a divorce.

The study didn't examine the reasons why, but findings fit with previous research. It shows that married women often have a larger role around the house and may have less time to exercise and stay fit.

But married men, on the other hand, get a health benefit from marriage and they lose that benefit once they get divorced, which researchers say may be the reason for the weight gain.