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We’ll come clean: we’re pretty partial to a wedding here at The Glow. As well as giving you a chance to put your wedding pinterest board to good use (finally), it’s an important and exciting day that signals a new chapter in your life.
But according to a new study, it could also mark the start of the next chapter in your health – and not necessarily for the better.
While people often joke about being able to “let themselves go” once they’ve tied the knot, research suggests there could actually be some truth to it.
1. Marriage affects your weight.
Although numerous studies have shown that married individuals enjoy better health than those who never marry, the new study published in Social Science and Medicine found that married people actually tended to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who were single.
They found that a single man tends to go from a BMI of 25.7 to 26.3 once married, while a women experiences a slightly smaller increase from 25.1 to 25.6. The average gain is around two kilos. (Post continues after gallery.)
According to the World Health Organisation, a normal BMI ranges from 18.5 to 25, although it varies based on your age.
A high BMI that falls into the overweight or obese categories can put you at greater risk for chronic illnesses, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.