Past studies have indicated that women put on weight after getting married, but new research suggests that some of those extra pounds are gained pretty rapidly after they say “I do.” Married women be eating, amirite?
The study conducted by researchers from the Flinders University in Adelaide surveyed a small sample of about 350 Australian women*. They checked in once around 10 months prior to the day of their weddings to ask if they had an goal weight for their wedding day and if they did, what it was. They checked in with the women again one month before their wedding, and once more six months after their big day to see if they had any changes in weight.
Around half of the brides-to-be shared the goal to lose about 20 lbs before they tied the knot. Despite these lofty goals, a month before their weddings, the women in the study maintained the same average weight. That’s because some women lost weight and others gained weight, so the average remained the same. The six-month check in showed that pre-wedding weight changes aside, the women gained an average of 4.4 lbs.
Here’s what the researchers behind this study wrote about their results in an upcoming issue of a journal called Body Image:
“Post-wedding weight gain is not surprising, and is perhaps a result of more relaxed dietary and physical activity habits now that the newlyweds no longer have a special event.
It is equally possible that this weakened motivation for maintaining body weight is due to participants feeling like they have already ‘snagged’ their man and therefore no longer need to ‘work’ on their appearance.”
I don’t love those misogynistic and stereotypical implications or that the study only focused on women; however, I do like that the researchers mention that the women who were pressured by friends and family to lose weight before their wedding actually gained more weight in the six months after than those women who were not.
*The researchers are aware of the limitations of their study. They noted that they recruited their subjects from bridal expos rendering their findings not necessarily representative of all brides. Findings might be different with samples from other demographics, countries and whatnot.
via LiveScience//Image via Shutterstock