Marriage and Health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/08

Marriage and Health

One of the ways to stay healthy used to be to get married.  Now researchers say the health benefit of marriage may not be as significant anymore.  Researchers from Michigan State University studied data from surveys filled out from 1972 to 2003 and they found that the self-rated health of never-married individuals has steadily increased.  People who are married still report better health, but the gap between the two groups has closed significantly.

Experts attribute the change to unmarried men; they had the greatest increase in self-reported health.  Experts also say that the health of divorced, separated, and widowed individuals has worsened significantly.

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