It is commonly known that many women put on and keep on weight after having a baby, but a new study says it’s not just the kids affecting our weight. The study found that just being married increased the amount of weight women put on over a 10-year period.
“After adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner, 15 if she had a partner but no baby, and only 11 pounds if she was childless with no partner. The number of women with a baby but no partner was too small to draw statistically significant conclusions.”
“ ‘Women’s bodies may adjust to the increased weight associated with having a baby,’ Dr. Dobson said. ‘There may be a metabolic adjustment that goes on when women are pregnant that is hard to reverse. This would be more consistent with our findings than any other explanation.’ ”
“The study covered more than 6,000 Australian women over a 10-year period ending in 2006.”
“ ‘It’s interesting and brings out some important points,’ said Maureen A. Murtaugh, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Utah who has published widely on weight gain in women. Perhaps, she suggested, a more active social life may help explain why women with partners gain more weight.”
The article says that most women who put on weight with babies do it after their first and subsequent ones don’t add weight. I was the total opposite of this. I went back to my pre-baby weight with both Rose and Walsh. But I’m still carrying around a bunch of weight from having my third.
One of my single friends from high school just posted this story on Facebook thrilled with this new stat!
Did you put on weight after you got married? Are there habits that you and your husband share that would explain weight gain just from being married? Do you feel doomed to get fat knowing this statistic?
Do you think married women get heavier because they’re not having to date anymore? They’re not having to attract a man?