Health and Fitness Column

Married couples have better health levels

By John Taylor | Dec 03, 2013
Photo by: Donated From left, John and Andreya Taylor.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, I finally experienced the proverbial “Happiest Day of My Life” when I married my fiancée, Andreya, in front of our friends and family in Wall, New Jersey.
However, in this case, the aforementioned proverb holds true. Not to sound too sappy, but my new wife looked absolutely gorgeous and I am still shocked a beautiful woman like her chose to be a wife to a Hobbit-esque guy like me.
However, despite a worry that I may have some future cardiac problems because my heart skipped a few beats during our ceremony, it turns out that marrying Andreya may have been the best thing I could do for my health.
A study published in the academic journal “Demography” found that marriage reduces heavy drinking and overall alcohol consumption in young men and women, and for both African Americans and whites. The study also found that marriage reduces depressive symptoms for both men and women, and people who marry live longer and enjoy better physical health than those who do not marry.
Furthermore, the researchers also found that children living in households in which their parents are living together and married have fewer incidents of recurring or serious physical sickness or mental health issues.
The researchers also noted that health, auto, and life insurance companies offer lower premiums to those who are married, mainly due to improved decision-making and lifestyle choices most married couples make compared to single individuals.
I can definitely relate to that finding. Granted, I did a lot of fun, but stupid, things in my teens and 20s that I wouldn’t think about doing now that I am married and have a daughter.
While I did enjoy my experiences in high school and college, I would never want mine and Andreya’s little girl, Molly, to look at me and say, “Daddy, what the heck is the matter with you? That was really stupid.”
Another article written by the American Heart Association and published in the academic journal “Circulation” found that married individuals are more likely to participate in lifetime physical activities such as 5K races, tennis, golf, and bowling, and children from married couples living in the home together are 1,200 times more likely to participate in youth, scholastic and recreational sports compared to children from single or unwed households.
This indicates that married couples are more likely to live healthier lifestyles, and as a consequence, their children will also be more active well into their elderly years.
So as Andreya and I await the arrival of our second child, Kiera Marie, in April, I have this overwhelming sense of joy. Not only because Andreya chose to marry me, but because scientific research states we are now more likely to be healthy and see our children grow up and have children of their own.