January 11, 2010
Women In Relationships Get Fatter

Thinking about living with your girlfriend? For the sake of her health and your own esthetic experience put some emotional distance between you and the special lady.

After adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner, 15 if she had a partner but no baby, and only 11 pounds if she was childless with no partner. The number of women with a baby but no partner was too small to draw statistically significant conclusions.

Nature really doesn't want us thrilled and happy. Nature just wants us to reproduce. Once we are deeply hooked up the thrills get taken away. Obviously humans are in need of some serious amounts of genetic engineering.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 January 11 11:20 PM  Brain Appetite


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Kyo said at January 12, 2010 9:07 AM:

"average 140-pound woman"

There's part of the problem right there. That word and that number simply don't belong together.

Paul said at January 12, 2010 10:51 AM:

Wait. Gaining 20 pounds makes a woman less attractive?

/boggle

kurt9 said at January 12, 2010 2:32 PM:

You know, the social conservatives like to claim that married people live longer and are healthier. I, on the other hand, notice that married people tend to be more overweight and out of shape than singles, which suggests the social conservatives may be wrong on this point.

Perhaps it depends on the people. The less cognitive people, especially men, may be more impulsive and more likely to drink, do drugs, and engage in other kinds of unhealthy behaviors when single and actually need marriage in order to control themselves. The more cognitive people (likely including everyone reading this blog) have the inherent self-discipline to take care and live healthy lives as singles that they do not need marriage simply for the health benefits. Perhaps this is the case and the social conservatives, as usual, fail to differentiate between the two groups.

Any thoughts on this?

not anon or anonymous said at January 12, 2010 3:43 PM:

Nature really doesn't want us thrilled and happy.

More likely, Nature really, really wants us to take up calorie restriction every now and then. A ketogenic diet (not to be confused with ketoacidosis!) is extremely effective at getting rid of accumulated fat.

not anon or anonymous said at January 12, 2010 3:44 PM:

Nature really doesn't want us thrilled and happy.

More likely, Nature really, really wants us to take up calorie restriction every now and then. A ketogenic diet (not to be confused with ketoacidosis!) is extremely effective at getting rid of accumulated fat.

William O. B'Livion said at January 12, 2010 8:02 PM:

"I, on the other hand, notice that married people tend to be more overweight and out of shape than singles, which suggests the social conservatives may be wrong on this point."

I think the problem may be your perspective. I know quite a few social conservatives who are quite content to be in the 30%+ BMI range. They eat what they want, as much as they want, they sit in their comfy chairs drinking their heavy beers and sodas, eating their chips and fucking their fat wives once and a while.

You (I presume) (and I, but for different reasons) on the other hand spend a lot of time uncomfortable to down right in pain, sweating and straining at some idiot machine, weights, running or in a swimming pool. We *intentionally* make ourselves live without things like 1 gallon buckets of pasta smothered in sauce and a yard long loaf of garlic bread etc.

And then once and a while we get to fuck our partners.

Fat people *can* still reproduce. If you don't believe me I can introduce you to two beachballs I have that are nominally related to me who have a couple of rather fleshy children.

*WE*, the fit and skinny are the ones losing the "thrills". After all, this torture and deprivation we put ourselves through really only adds years at the *end* of life when we're arthritic, pissing in our depends and gumming mush for dinner. Your thrills then will be a solid bowel movement.

kurt9 said at January 13, 2010 8:08 AM:

"*WE*, the fit and skinny are the ones losing the "thrills". After all, this torture and deprivation we put ourselves through really only adds years at the *end* of life when we're arthritic, pissing in our depends and gumming mush for dinner. Your thrills then will be a solid bowel movement."

I enjoy my body building and swimming workouts. I feel better when I leave the gym after my workouts than when I first arrive there.

Also, we have a better chance of making it to the post-mortal age brought on by SENS and other biotechnologies. In the meantime, arthritis can be prevented. Also, tooth loss is 100% preventable as well. There is a method of regrowing teeth using stem cells that will become available in the next 10 years. Incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging. So, I do not consider your grim scenario as my future. In fact, you can take your grim scenario and shove it. I've something way better in my future.

At worse case, I've got cryonics as backup option. Perhaps I need to have arrangements set up with a hit-man to take out anybody who would try to autopsy me against my will.

There are options you know.

Peter said at January 13, 2010 9:43 PM:

In a good marriage partners should try to look nice for each other. After 30 or so years of marriage, my wife still looks great. She hits the gym regularly, and eats very modestly. She also hates to spend money. Maybe I just got lucky.

kurt9 said at January 14, 2010 8:51 AM:

Peter, you are fortunate to be in such a good marriage. I am also in a marriage similar to yours. My wife does not work out, but then she is a naturally slim Japanese woman (same age as I). I'm the one who works our regularly in the gym.

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