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Do Sitcoms Hold The Key To A Happy Marriage?

What can we learn from marriages on situation comedies? For starters bowling teams and in-laws mean trouble. And if your spouse wants to talk to you in the kitchen, you’re screwed. But the real secret, according to a new study, has to do with an epic sitcom formula: chubby husband, skinny wife.

A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests that marriages are more satisfying for both husband and wife when the woman is skinnier than the guy. After four years, surveying 169 newlyweds, researchers claimed that a woman with a lower BMI pleased both parties ultimately.
“One idea is that attractiveness and weight are more important to men,” Andrea Meltzer, one of the study’s researchers, told ABC News.

Another theory: blame sitcoms. A few years ago, when “The King of Queens” ruled the airwaves, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sitcom couple that didn’t fit the body type mold of Kevin James and Leah Remini. Chubby, schlubby guy and svelte Maxim magazine-worthy woman. Are we so used to seeing this physical matchup in media we associate it with a happy marriage? Read more…

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