Thursday, December 16, 2004

Men who remarry heavier but healthier overall

A story published today by WIS-TV, an NBC affiliate, reports that Men who remarry enjoy healthier living, but with one exception: weight gain.

Researchers say divorced or widowed men who remarry tend to gain weight and become less physically active when compared to their peers who remain unmarried.

The study followed some 40,000 men ages 40-75.

Men who became widowed increased their alcohol consumption, and men who became divorced or widowed lost weight and ate less vegetables than when they were married.

Researchers say the loss of a spouse is not good for healthy behaviors.

The study is published in the "Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health."