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This Team of Researchers Has Linked Bad Marriages to an Increase in Bad Diets

October 07, 2015 2 min read

We've been told through the test of time that marriage isn't always rainbows and butterflies. In fact, there are some serious concerns that surface given the changing faces a relationship sees. But, if you're the type of person who finds yourself seeking solace in a tasty bite of food after a terribly traumatic fight with your significant other, consider yourself one of many as a new study suggests that marital problems may be linked to people's "hunger hormone." Research says bad marriages and bad diets may be linked. "We were interested in understanding how distressed marriages were related to appetite regulation," Lisa Jaremka, a researcher and assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, said of her study. From 2011 to 2013, she was at the front of a group of behavioural scientists at the University of Ohio who sought to discover how spousal fights affected appetite. Over the course of two nine-hour days, the team studied 43 married couples known to be in "distressed" or "normal" marriages. The couples were given a meal and told to discuss a topic they may disagree on. It was found that those in the "normal" marriage were able to healthier resolve their differences as opposed to those in the not so put together pairs. All 43 married couples were also asked to complete three 24-hour food journals, their BMIs were measured and blood tests were taken before and after the topics of discussion. The results found that those in "distressed" marriages had a spike in ghrelin, which is the "hunger hormone," in average-sized or overweight people, however not in those who are considered obese. Diets high in fat, salt and sugar were also shown. "We have no conclusive evidence that being in this type of marriage and being hostile with your spouse actually causes you to go out and eat these things," Jaremka said. "We just know that they're related and as scientists, we're very careful about making these causal statements. So that's kind of the next step.… Does this actually cause these poor food choices?" What do you think of these findings? Source: CBC Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_112398" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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