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If you're skinny will you have a happier marriage?
July 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

 What do you think? Does being skinny make you more confident, happier, etc?


(CBS) Does a thin wife make for a happy marriage? A new study shows that marital satisfaction is higher for husbands when their wives are skinnier than they are.

What about wives? Are they happier when hubby is thinner? Actually, no. Wives are also more satisfied when they're thinner than their husbands, the study showed.

But the study's lead author says women don't have to be thin in absolute terms to have a happy marriage - just thinner than their hubbies.

"There's a lot of pressure on women in our society to achieve an often unreachably small weight," study author Andrea Meltzer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, told ABC News. "The great take-home message from our study is that women of any size can be happy in their relationships with the right partner. It's relative weight that matters, not absolute weight."

For the four-year study, Meltzer and her colleagues studied 169 newlywed couples, mostly Caucasian and all age 35 or younger. The researchers found that husbands were more satisfied initially when their wives had a lower body mass index (BMI). The wives who had a lower BMI became more satisfied over time.

Meltzer told CBS News that there is likely an evolutionary basis to men's initial satisfaction with a relatively thin partner - because women with a lower BMI may be more likely to be fertile than women with higher BMIs.

But why would wives be more satisfied when their husbands' BMIs are higher? Meltzer hypothesizes they're more satisfied because their husbands are.

The study was published in the July issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science.



  • lenoxclan
    July 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM
    I don't think so.
  • LivinDeadGurl
    July 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Funny. I have been more confident and happier since I have put on weight.

  • LindaClement
    July 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM


    I can't say it's made a fart's difference in a hurricane. Our weights have both fluctuated over the years...

  • CarrieR62
    July 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    When I complained to my husband about my "muffin top"  he said "Isn't the top the best part of the muffin?"  If you gage your relationship on your weight, then, it will probably fail.  No one is the perfect size!  Who decides what you should weigh or what size you should be?  I say quit looking at magazines that feature unhealthy looking models, get out and enjoy life!  Be happy with the skin you're in.

  • TexasWife
    July 22, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    The only thing that may tell me yes. Would be that if you are skinnier you are suppose to have more energy for sex. Honestly I don't know if that is true or not because I am overweight and We do it almost daily. TMI I think we have missed maybe a week worth of days this month.

  • sweettigeress
    July 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM


  • usmclife58
    July 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I don't believe it.

  • fineyouguyswin
    July 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Skinny people can be unhappy to :O)

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