New research from the University of Tennessee looked surveyed 169 newlywed couples 35 years and younger for over four years. The researchers found that both husbands and wives were happier when the wife had a lower body-mass index (BMI) than the husband. BMI is a standard used to measure body fat. I should note that the study could not determine which causes what — whether happiness comes from being thinner than your mate, or whether maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is the result of being a happier person in general. The lead researcher for the study, Andrea Meltzer, said “The great take-home message from our study is that women of any size can be happy in their relationships with the right partner. It’s relative weight that matters, not absolute weight. It’s not that they have to be small.”
Also, since the study was for young newlyweds, the researchers can't determine whether or not this data holds as the couples get older. To read more about the study, click here. Would love to hear your thoughts.