Marriage Happiness & Weight Gain

Why do women put on weight after they get mar­ried? I have recent­ly had some clients moan about their extra pounds. This can be depress­ing but it’s common.
Marriage Appetite

Mar­riage Appetite

In the first 10 years of mar­riages women in the US hap­pi­ly mar­ried gain an aver­age of 37 lbs., while those unhap­pi­ly mar­ried gain 54 lbs. So choose your food and your mate wisely.

Over 6,000 Aus­tralian women were stud­ied by Pro­fes­sor Annette Dob­son. The 10-year weight gain for a mar­ried woman was 15 lbs if she had a part­ner but not a child, and 20 lbs. if she was mar­ried with a baby. Mar­riage is linked to increased BMI (body mass index) for men and women of all eth­nic groups. In North Car­oli­na a study found that mar­ried men and women in their ear­ly 20s gained 6 – 9 more pounds than sin­gle peers.

Weight gain has been stud­ied as a way women pro­tect them­selves from unwant­ed sex­u­al atten­tion, and from fear of fail­ure. A thin, con­fi­dent woman may invite high expec­ta­tions. How impor­tant is attrac­tive­ness and weight to mar­i­tal hap­pi­ness? Does weight gain for men or women sig­ni­fy power?

A het­ero­sex­u­al cou­ple tend to be hap­pi­er when the men are “more pow­er­ful in a benign way,” says Susan Heitler, a ther­a­pist in Den­ver. “The good news is there are many dimen­sions that sym­bol­ize pow­er for men,” she said, adding that height, weight, earn­ing capac­i­ty, intel­li­gence, edu­ca­tion lev­el, per­son­al­i­ty, even a big smile are all empow­er­ing traits. “Those signs of big­ness lead to a sub­con­scious feel­ing with­in the woman of more secu­ri­ty and, in turn, more mar­i­tal satisfaction.”

The empha­sis on weight is an Amer­i­can and Euro­pean val­ue,” said Heitler. ” In Africa, weight is a sign of fer­til­i­ty and volup­tuous­ness. Heav­ier women are prized in some cultures.”

Many cou­ples con­sid­er diet­ing. A healthy body weight can help one’s over­all health. How does being over­weight affect the brain’s health. Sci­en­tists are find­ing that sat­u­rat­ed and trans fats dimin­ish brain vol­ume. Anoth­er neu­rol­o­gy find­ing is that fast­ing can help keep brains nim­ble and productive.

First of all, when burn­ing calo­ries, the brain con­sumes 22% of our body’s ener­gy expen­di­ture while we are at rest. We need plen­ty of dietary calo­ries to keep the brain func­tion­ing. The human brain has devel­oped a unique bio­chem­i­cal path­way that proves huge­ly advan­ta­geous dur­ing times of food scarci­ty. Unlike oth­er mam­mals, our brain is able to uti­lize an alter­na­tive source of calo­ries when food is scarce. Nor­mal­ly our brain uses glu­cose pro­vid­ed by dai­ly foods. A steady stream of glu­cose keeps us func­tion­ing. If the glyco­gen sup­ply is deplet­ed (no food) our metab­o­lism shifts and we break down pro­tein in mus­cles or the liv­er demands that body fat cre­ate ketones which can be an effi­cient fuel source for the brain.

Longevity in Health

Longevi­ty in Health

Can los­ing weight reju­ve­nate your mar­riage? Sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence can’t prove it, but it seems that fast­ing can reju­ve­nate your health.

I fast for greater phys­i­cal and men­tal effi­cien­cy.” – Pla­to (400BC)


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