Add a steady waist measurement to one of the many social perks of marrying as a man. Married men make more money and get more promotions than single guys. They live longer, have less heart disease, drink less, smoke less weed, and experience less stress. Meanwhile, married women have less fulfilling sex lives and less free time than their husbands. They also have smaller paychecks. (They do get to keep smoking the same amount of weed). These factors help explain why women are less into marriage than men are. And they may also contribute to the gendered risk of gaining weight after getting hitched.
Bluntly, marriage “is more beneficial for men than for women,” writeOhio State University sociologists Dmitry Tumin and Zhenchao Qian. ”Men after marriage do not gain [significant] weight because they enjoy a healthy lifestyle and receive stronger emotional support”—in other words, they’ve got the time, energy, and help to maintain a steady weight, thanks to the sacrifices of their spouses. Across the aisle, though, “the unsettling effect of a marriage for women may be strong enough to cause large weight gain.”