Love Makes You Fat

Uri Gneezy and Jason Shafrin show that the more likely you are to get divorced or terminate your relationship the less likely you are to gain weight.  We call this keeping one's options open. 


This fat is not an act of love:

We call this keeping one's options open.

It's also stress. I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago when I switched career paths and it wasn't because I was considering becoming a model. (Though the folks at Calvin Klein really pushed, let me tell you.)


Another way that soon to be divorced women might be opening their options is via
plastic surgery. A doc friend of mine who did cosmetic breast implants
for many years noted a particularly high rate of divorce among women getting them.

The social conservatives like to claim that married people are healthier and live longer. Yet, most married couples I see tend to be more over-weight than non-married people. Perhaps married people are less likely to engage in self-destructive activities like doing drugs and partying all night long and this counterbalances the health effects of being overweight.

Of course, there are people who do not get married and, yet, have the self-discipline to live healthy lives and not engage in self-destructive behaviors. For some reason, this group of people tend to lie "below the radar" of the social conservatives.

Well, considering people usually don't want to get divorced until the bitter end, wouldn't it be more accurate to say that they're staying attractive to save their marriage? This would also explain why people can comfortably "settle" into a more docile, fatter, marriage if they perceive a high level of social security.

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