Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh found that people who have weight loss surgery often see improvements in type 2 diabetes and other diseases.
But these surgeries and lifestyle changes can also have spillover effects on other aspects of life, including relationships.
They found people who have weight loss surgery are more than twice as likely to get married or divorced within five years.
The research is published in the Annals of Surgery and was conducted by Wendy King et al.
In the study, the team looked at changes in marital status among 1,441 adults who had gastric bypass or gastric sleeve weight loss surgery between 2006 and 2009.
While the majority maintained their relationship status for five years after their surgery, 18% of single people got married, compared to 7% in the general U.S. population.
What’s more, 8% of married folks got divorced—double the rate for their counterparts in the general population. Another 5% of married people got separated.
The team also found that younger people and those who were living with a partner before surgery were more likely to marry during the study period.
The study also found that people who lost more weight were more likely to get separated or divorced, as were those who reported an increase in sexual desire after surgery.
The team says people who undergo weight loss surgery drastically change how they eat, increase their physical activity, have a new lease on life, and want to try to do new things
A partner can feel left behind or that they are no longer a good match with their spouse.
Single people may be more apt to marry after weight loss surgery because they may have more energy, confidence, and a better body image, and may be more open to dating as a result.
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