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It's official: Marriage causes couples to put on weight, sometimes lots of weight. A national survey of couples shows that people who got married during the study were more than twice as likely to become obese than couples who were dating.
This report doesn’t mean that marriage is bad for people. From an overall health standpoint, marriage is great – married couples, for instance, live longer than single people. But marriage does cause changes in lifestyle.
Couples can avoid the "marriage-weight tax" by cooking healthy meals together, engaging in physical activities, and committing to more active and healthier behaviors, researchers say.
The study in the journal Obesity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.