We know that people tend to gain weight once they get married. Maybe our comfort level gets to a point where we feel less of a need to impress each other. Who knows.
But a new study suggests that it’s actually when you get married — in relation to college — that matters.
Using health data from almost 14,000 people, the study authors came to a pretty shocking conclusion: People who got married before graduating from college were 50% more likely to later become obese than those who earned their degrees first. And they even controlled for the participants' BMI and socioeconomic status pre-college age.
Why? Well, they're not sure. But lead author Richard Allen Miech explained his theory in a press release: