Your stress increases weight gain for your partner according to the following study!
We know that stress is already bad enough for our health, but do you know that your stress increases weight for your partner? A recent study shows that for older couples, the stress level of one can affect the other’s waistline.
In a study carried out by the University of Michigan, they looked at how the negative quality of marriage can influence the trend of couples, who are at the age of 50 years old and above to gain weight.
The study focused on chronic stress and included monitoring financial problems, difficulties at work, or long-term caregiving among other conditions.
The study consisted of 2,042 married couples who had been together for an average of 34 years. Couples were asked to answer questions on their current waist size, marriage quality, and stress levels between the years of 2006 and 2010.
The research showed that the negative quality linked to the marriage, as reported by husbands, increased both the husband’s and wife’s waistline. Whereas, lower negative quality ties, as reported by the wives, exacerbated the effects of the wife’s stress on the husband’s waistline.
According to Birditt, the study’s lead author, “Marriage has a powerful influence on health”. Moreover, she stated ”The stress that is experienced by the partners, and not the individual’s stress is associated with increased waist circumference. This effect of stress was even stronger in particular spousal relationships.”
Birditt also said the results of the study is not applicable to younger couples, although previous research has shown that being stressed out has powerful effects on the marital quality of younger couples.
The research did not address the causes of the stress nor did it give any suggestions on what married couples should do to lessen stress. Other studies, however, say that it is important for the couples to cope up with stress together.