A study at the University of Tennessee conducted over a 4 year period has determined that the secret to maintaining a happy marriage is based on the wife remaining slimmer than her husband.
Researchers have claimed that both partners are happier if the woman has a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than the man. They also concluded that the relationship would last longer if the woman felt more attractive and desirable than her other half.
However, relationship experts have already dismissed these findings. They insist that size is not a key factor in whether or not a husband finds his wife attractive or if both partners are happy with each other.
169 married couples under the age of 35 took part in the study. They were asked to fill in questionnaires every 6 months for 4 years.
The reports back indicated that men with a higher BMI than their wives were happier at the start of their marriage and stayed that way. Also, the women with a lower BMI than their husbands were happier than those who weighed more.
The findings coincidentally tally with last week’s announcement that Jennifer Lopez, who is much celebrated and often in the spotlight for her curvy figure, was splitting from her thinner husband Marc Anthony after seven years together.
Andrea Meltzer, one of the authors of the report, said:
“The great message from our study is that women of any size can be happy in their relationship with the right partner.
It’s relative weight that matters, not absolute weight.”
However relationships expert Jean Hannah Edelstein expressed doubts about the findings.
“I would be sceptical that most men would really reject their partners on the basis of being overweight if there were no other issues.”