Long Term Effects of Divorce on Men and Women

What happens to men and women after they get divorced? According to researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, aside from mental and emotional changes, there are also physical changes that men and women go through following a divorce.

In an eight-year study of 9,000 men and women over the age of 45, researchers found that the long term effects of divorce include better overall fitness in men and a decrease in fitness in women. MSN Health Hub News reported, "the adults underwent regular treadmill tests to determine their fitness and were asked about their relationship status during the length of the study."

It turns out that "there was a significant increase in fitness levels in men who divorced but...a decrease in the fitness of divorced women," the study said.

Why do men get more fit after a divorce?

According to the study, "single men have the social pressure of keeping themselves fit to increase their attractiveness and find a partner, while married men no longer have that requirement, or at least they have it to a lower extent."

Then why is there a gap between the levels of fitness between men and women?

The study suggested that "women's attractiveness might not be related to fitness or strength but to other traits, such as narrow waist to hip ratio."

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