Married people live longer and are happier than their single counterparts. But new research shows that they are also more likely to be fatter than single people. Well, two out of three isn’t bad.
Men who marry after 25 are healthier than those who marry earlier, according to Harvard Men’s Health Watch. The same study found that the longer a man stays married, the greater his survival advantage. Marriage also seems to have more health benefits than simply living with an unmarried partner.
Married couples in general experience lower levels of heart disease, cancer, flu, Alzheimers, depression and stress. As soon as the marriage is over, whether through death or divorce, your chances of dying go up. People who are widowed are 40 percent more likely to die than married people, people who are divorced or separated are 27 percent more likely to die, and people who have never married were 58 percent more likely to die.