A study called “Marital satisfaction predicts weight gain in early marriage,” published in 2013 in the Health Psychology journal, was conducted to prove or disprove the possible connection between satisfaction in marriage and weight gain. The results prove a positive correlation between the two. After following a group of newlywed couples for four years, researchers found satisfied newlyweds tend to gain weight while less satisfied couples do not.
All obvious outside factors were taken into account during this study. Lead researcher Andrea Meltzer commented on these findings in the Healthday News article, “Happy in Marriage, Heavier on the Scale?”, and explained that these results held true even when considering other factors that may have influenced weight gain, such as pregnancy. Gender was also accounted for and the results demonstrated weight gain in both males and females.