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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.



  • xxLukesMamaxx
    July 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I think it's a bunch of crap personally. I don't think weight has anything to do with the happiness of a marriage. 

  • 2BBboys0509
    July 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    Personally for me it makes me a happier more confident person. I recently lost 32lbs and I am so much happier about myself. That in turn makes me a better wife and mother. So I guess it depends on the person.
  • lovinangels
    July 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    What if the dude likes fat women?

  • Barabell
    July 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Quoting lovinangels:

    What if the dude likes fat women?

    I was wondering the same thing....

  • aneela
    by aneela
    July 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM


  • Liansmommie
    July 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Quoting lovinangels:

    What if the dude likes fat women?

    My first thought.

  • Courtney610
    July 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    I'm not thin, but I have an awesome marriage!

  • TheJerseyGirl
    July 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

     There are plenty of unhappy skinny people too!

  • Charli627
    July 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Quoting TheJerseyGirl:

     There are plenty of unhappy skinny people too!

  • Charli627
    July 21, 2011 at 9:35 PM
    I have a great marriage and I don't think my size contributes to it.

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