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Get Married : Get Fat

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According to this study, if your spouse has started to gain weight in the past few years, your odds of  also becoming obese just increased by 37%.

But before you run out and get a divorce, realize that it’s not just married people who like to practice group obesity.

  • If your brother or sister has started to pack on the pounds, your chances of becoming obese just went up by 40%.
  • If you have a friend who got fat in the past few years, your odds of doing the same increased by a staggering 57%.
  • And if that friend or sibling is of the same sex, the odds are even worse. (55% & 71%)

It’s almost like obesity is contagious.

Or maybe it’s just bad habits like eating pizza while sprawled on the couch watching The Biggest Loser.


Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.


  1. Larry Lewis

    June 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Eating Pizza while watching the Biggest loser. i started to laugh when reading that, then thought, oh god, his right, so many people do exactly that. I just hope that it then at least motivates them to do something for their weight, their health, their life … writing like yours will help them.

  2. Oliver

    June 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    This is indeed a coincidence. It is hard to see the causation relationship, except that it could be the acceptance of peer pressure. For example I exercise with friends at Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club and we motivate each other to stay in shape.

  3. [email protected] Obedience Training

    June 5, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Those are just stats.There is no logical explanation of this fact.

  4. Paul

    June 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I see it with my parents all the time, and it was the same with myself when I was younger and lived at home with them. If one of my folks became demotivated and started eating poorly, then the other would also. They would both put on weight together! They are like synchronous yo-yos.

    When I put on weight for whatever reason (a back injury in early 2010 put me out for just over 12 months and I put on a little over a stone) I always revert to my old faithful HIIT workout, which basically consists of short sprints up a steep hill where a live. I’ve found that high intensity intervals combined with a lower calorie diet is the best way for me to lose weight.

    I’ve tried to get my folks into it…but so far with little luck!

  5. [email protected] charter greece

    June 2, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Getting married doesn’t have to mean getting fat. If you work together, as a couple, to fight sedentarism and to eat healthy, you can do it. In fact, having someone to monitor you and help you through this, can be a bonus. It’s just that your spouse has to have the same interest in healthy living.

  6. Health Blog

    June 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I fully agree with you that marriage can make your weight to increase. I gained nine kilos within one after marriage. But now I have lost again and back to original ideal body weight.

  7. Jenn Brigole

    June 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Wow. That is an astounding statistics. And I would have to agree with Dave above, that it’s more on the people you associate with. “Hanging out” with fit and healthy people, and those that regularly exercise, I think one would be conscious of how they will look. People, especially in today’s trends and lifestyle, wouldn’t want to stand out like a sore thumb, but that’s just my opinion.

  8. Darvis Simms

    June 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I think gaining weight has more to do with choice, age, and the people you associate with than with marriage. Birds of a feather flock together is true in all aspects of life.


    June 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

    There it goes my guess:

    1.- Once you’re married you are “out of the market” and get relaxed in what refers to keeping fit and taking care of yourself (in general but there are exceptions).

    2.- You get married as from a certain age, your eating habits change, your metabolism too (and the way your body metabolise of fats too), and you become generally speaking more sedentary.

    That’s it ;)

    • Jarret Morrow M.D.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      I’ve certainly had friends who ate strict diets and worked out frequently prior to getting married (while single)–then completely stopped afterwards.


        June 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        Sure, me too, life style changes radically with marriage, some positive sides but also some downsides. Inversely any man or woman getting divorce automatically start taking care of themselves (they are back on the market).

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