LDS lbs: Do Mormon newlywed men gain weight due to less sexual tension?
So here's a theory I've been thinking about lately, and sciencey people out there might be able to help me explain it. I have noticed that, at least among people I know, when LDS guys get married they tend to gain weight. At first I thought that it was just the settling down that made them less active, but then I thought about it and I realized that most of my friends weren't really that active before marriage anyway. Actually, most of them started working out more after marriage (maybe because they noticed they were gaining weight, chicken or the egg right?). My wife has suggested that maybe it has to do with the diet of newlyweds, we tend to eat whatever is fast and easy, which isn't the most healthy. She also suggested that it has to do with the fact that there are only two of us to eat whole meals and when we were at home there was the whole family spread the calories around.
So Saturday I am playing in a ward basketball game against the singles ward in our stake and I noticed that they seemed super aggrassive compared to our team. I started to think that maybe there is some sort of sexual tension factor in that and I connected it to the weight gain question too. I know I feel a lot more laid back being married, without the stress of dating and all. Is there some kind of relation between sex drive and the metabolism? Do non-LDS people also gain a lot of weight when they get married? Does this happen to women too? Anyone have any insights that either support or cut down this theory? I have noticed that with a lot of diseases and drug side effects lower sex drive and weight gain go together.