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Is It Healthier To Be Single Or Married - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of August 26, 2011, Bailey Mosier addresses the age old question of whether or not it is healthier to be single or married, why people go crazy for babies, and the likelihood that your kids' diet will include fruits and veggies when they go off to college.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.
Whether being single or married is better for your health has been an ongoing debate for quite some time. In this week’s edition, we’ll tell you what the most recent research on the topic tells us. We’ll also take a scientific look at what makes people go gaga for babies and lastly, once your kids get to college, the likelihood their diet will consist of fruits and veggies isn’t so likely at all.

In a recent analysis of 90 previous studies that included 500 million people, researchers from the University of Louisville found that in a worst case scenario, single men could die 17 years earlier than married men, and single women could die 15 years earlier than married women.
Researchers say that single people tend to have poorer health benefits, less public assistance and lower incomes, while married couples are more likely to stay on one another about eating healthy, exercising and going in for regular checkups.
Of course there are those married couples who are negative influences on each other, so while this recent analysis tells us your best bet for longevity is to get hitched, don’t go running off to the alter just yet. No matter your marital status, the important thing is to be happy with whatever situation you’re in.
A husband-wife research team from Kansas State University spent the past 10 years researching baby fever and its psychological affect on adults.
The duo found that baby fever – the physical and emotional desire to have a baby – is very much a real phenomenon and it exists in both women and men.
The researchers say that the greatest indicator for wanting a baby was positive exposure to children – such as holding and cuddling babies, looking after babies and looking at baby clothes and toys.
The researchers are still examining the role of hormones and the high and low levels of baby fever, but have found its affects can be very real and very persuasive.
According to an Oregon State University survey of 582 college students, neither males nor females are getting the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

The study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found males eat five servings of fruit and vegetables per week while females consume only four servings for the entire week.

With the disappearance of home economics and nutrition classes in the K-12 system, there is a fundamental lack of understanding on how to eat well in a very broad sense and researchers say that we are not teaching our children to be self-sustaining.

So while you hope your kid is mastering the gen ed classes this fall, an extra lesson or two on eating healthy may be in order from Professor Mom.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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