Watch out royal newly weds, research has shown that married couples are twice as likely to be fat!
Married men were found to be 3 times as likely to be overweight and women twice as likely as their unmarried counterparts.
A research study in Greece showed that married couples new lifestyle put them at risk of “letting themselves go”.
Researchers looked at over 17,000 couples. The results showed that “comfortable married life” is not necessarily conducive to a healthy lifestyle:
- Married couples exercised less frequently, including less sex
- Poor nutrition - more time eating together, often in front of the TV with more takeaway and ready meals
Professor Kiortsis, President of the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity, said that unmarried individuals would spend time keeping fit and making themselves attractive in order to find a partner. After marriage “The need to hunt for a partner is reduced”.
Prof Dimitris Papazoglou, the other co-author of the report added: “Obesity is the biggest threat to public health in the entire world”.
The study advised married couples to take up more exercise, to have only one home-cooked meal a day, to avoid snacks, and to follow a Mediterranean diet which includes a lot of fruit, vegetables and olive oil.
A spokesperson for The Hospital Group, UK leading provider of weight loss surgery such as gastric bands, said: “This is very interesting research and the recommendations are sensible.
We do have couples and even families visiting The Hospital Group to tackle their weight loss together and generally this is a very effective approach as they support each other through the dietary changes.
Weight loss surgery should not be seen as a first resort; but at The Hospital Group, our Bariatric Surgeons see a great many patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone; either because food habits have become too ingrained or due to health-related issues.
A weight loss procedure such as the gastric band will make the body feel fuller and for longer, which helps people to reduce their portion sizes and therefore lose weight in a controlled and healthy way.
We also work with our patients to help them make appropriate food choices at each stage of the weight loss journey. Eating less food puts a real focus on the quality of food being chosen. Our patients receive 2 years of support from a specialist dietitian to help them get the best results.”
Figures from the UK have shown that 8 out of 10 men and almost 7 in 10 women will be overweight or obese by 2020, putting them at risk of obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The Hospital Group offers a range of weight loss management programmes, including the gastric band, gastric balloon, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve with market-leading aftercare to help patients get the best results.