Thinner Wives Make Happier Marriages

Do you believe that marriages are happier when wives are thinner than their husbands? They are, according to a new study reported on by Discovery News, whereby researchers at the University of Tennessee studied the BMI (body mass index) of nearly 170 newlywed couples and their marital happiness over the couse of time.

The lead author, doctoral candidate at UT, Andrea Meltzer, said that they found “this effect initially on husbands’ satisfaction at the beginning of marriage…husbands were more satisfied at the time of marriage to the extent that their wives had a lower BMI than themselves.”

They also found that women who had a lower BMI than their husbands were quite a bit happier with their marriage over time–thinner wives make for happier husbands and wives.

“Wives are happier to the extent that their husbands are happy,” Meltzer explained. “If we were looking at another quality that was more important to women than men — say, economic resources — we might see opposite effects. Women might be more satisfied to the extent that their partners are making more money than they are.”

“This study is important because it demonstrates that women of any size can be happy in their relationships with the right partner. It’s not necessarily striving for thinness per se, but striving to be thinner than their partner,” Meltzer said.

“Couples are more satisfied to the extent that their partner is healthy,” Meltzer noted–and thinness is, on average, more correlates with better health than being overweight or obese.

The study was published in the July issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

What do you think? Do you agree with any of this? Leave a comment…


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Chanki Chun
Chanki Chun3 years ago

I would love to read more about this

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alex l.
alex l.3 years ago

it's amazing to me that the researchers are so essentially biased - why did they not focus on how fat husbands make wives unhappy?
the social focus on women and their weight is ridiculous, and this kind of "science" is simply the reporting of that bias.
being overweight is unhealthy, but constantly focusing on the body of only one sex is destructive - and it teaches men that women are about their appearance.

Danielle Herie
Danielle Herie3 years ago


Bmr Reddy
Bmr Reddy3 years ago


Christopher M.
Christopher M.3 years ago

This married woman Ive known for 24 years says it matters, anecdotally I must agree

Christopher M.
Christopher M.3 years ago

Be concerned with greatness not weightness

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Renee Rekceb
Renee Rekceb3 years ago

When you are slimmer, eat healthy food, and exercise regularily, you have more energy under the sheets :P

It's as simple as that :)