That’s right. Researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston say children living in a traditional two-parent married household have a 17% obesity rate, while children living with cohabiting but unmarried parents show a 31 percent obesity rate.
The study is based on a nationally produced sample of 10,400 children since 2001. Ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic differences were also taken into account in the research.
The authors hope their research will inspire future studies of non-traditional family structures and their impact on health and weight. We thought married life was a roller-coaster, but maybe it’s more like a treadmill.