that married men are fatter than their single counterparts. This could be because they develop a sweet
tooth - with married men treating themselves to more buns, cakes, pastries and
fruit pies than unmarred men.
The study adds that those who have tied the knot were also
likely to drink 'significantly' more wine. Researchers were not sure why
marriage made such a difference to men's attitude to their weight, but one
finding was that they felt they could relax after their wedding day.
Another philosophy was that men who marry a good cook might
think they are eating richer food than in the past. Some wives deliberately
overfeed their husbands, with the aim of making them unattractive to other
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, says that the
woman wants to please the man, but it is up to the man to choose whether he
wants to be a slob.
However despite all the dispiriting news for married men,
the findings of the study were not all bad. The researchers found married men
ate more fruit and wholemeal bread than single ones.
Also, those who have left their single days behind
them got through fewer fatty kebabs and burgers. Researchers also found that
men who were coupled up ate more yoghurt than men who had gone through a
divorce, and that married men ate more chocolate than widowers.