Happy relationships have health benefits for middle-aged people

Chris Miller
March 26, 2018 - 7:06 am

Is the secret to staying thin a good marriage?  Maybe not quite, but new research suggest healthy relationships help middle age couples maintain healthy weight.

According to the study published in the journal Health Psychology, people who have been married for a while, or in an otherwise long term relationship, are better at maintaining healthy weight in middle-age.

"They're attributing it to social relationships and having positive social supports in their life," said LSU Health New Orleans psychologist Dr Michelle Moore.

Moore says couples with good relationships tend to support each other's healthy lifestyle endeavors.

"I think it's more of the fact that the other partner is encouraging you to be healthy, and they also they also added that these are marriages or marriage-like relationships that don't have a lot of strain in them," said Moore. 

Moore says it comes down to people who care about each other and support one another
The study found it wasn't just confined to married couples, either -- middle age couples in healthy partnerships showed the same results.

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