Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Married women get fatter

The NY Times reports:
It is widely known that women tend to gain weight after giving birth, but now a large study has found evidence that even among childless women, those who live with a mate put on more pounds than those who live without one.

The differences, the scientists found, were stark. ...

“It’s interesting and brings out some important points,” said Maureen A. Murtaugh, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Utah who has published widely on weight gain in women. Perhaps, she suggested, a more active social life may help explain why women with partners gain more weight.

“Think of going to a restaurant,” Dr. Murtaugh said. “They serve a 6-foot man the same amount as they serve me, even though I’m 5 feet 5 inches and 60 pounds lighter.”
She is published widely on the subject, and that is the best theory that she can come up with? Come on, that is ridiculous.

I have a simpler theory. All women get fat unless they are trying to attract a man. A married woman can usually get fat and keep her husband, as long as she cooks his favorite food and gets him fat also. If she manages to stay thin, then she can usually divorce her husband and have that more active social life.

1 comment:

JoAnn from IL said...

Harsh, but true I suppose. Thankfully my husband loves me regardless of what the scale says. He and I seem to go up and down on the scale together--one more example of "togetherness"!