Breaking: Scientists Reveal Yet Another Fact We All Knew

| January 14, 2011 | 1 Reply

Glenn Reynolds tossed up a link to this story on marital happiness and, strangely enough, didn’t go for the obvious punchline.

Ladies: Are you nervously watching your weight to stay attractive for your husband or boyfriend? Well, put down those salad forks. It turns out you don’t have to starve yourself — unless he’s doing so, too.

A study just published in the journalSocial Psychological and Personality Science finds a correlation between weight (as measured by body mass index, or BMI) and marital satisfaction. But the key variable is the relationship between the spouses’ BMIs.

It seems a couple is more likely to experience marital bliss when the wife is at least somewhat thinner than her husband.

In other words:

  • A womens self-esteem is tied to her own opinion of her body (Duh).
  • Matiral bliss is tied strongly to the wife’s self-esteem (Duh!)
  • A woman is more likely to be happy with her body when she’s not the fattest one of the couple (DUH!).

What I want to know is how much this study cost. If the University of Tennessee spent more than a couple hundred dollars for someone with half a grain of common sense to pound it out, then they got ripped off. I suspect there was a Federal pork project somewhere involved.

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