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Getting ready for the marriage market? The association between divorce risks and investments in attractive body mass among married europeans

Lundborg, Petter LU ; Nystedt, Paul LU and Lindgren, Björn LU (2007) In Journal of Biosocial Science 39(4). p.531-544
Abstract
This article explores to what extent married middle-aged individuals in Europe are governed by the risk of experiencing divorce, when shaping their physical appearance. The main result is that divorce risks, proxied by national divorce rates, are negatively connected to body mass index (BMI) among married individuals but unrelated to BMI among singles. Hence, it seems that married people in societies where divorce risks are high are more inclined to invest in their outer appearance. One interpretation is that high divorce rates make married people prepare for a potential divorce and future return to the marriage market.
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Journal of Biosocial Science
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  abstract     = {This article explores to what extent married middle-aged individuals in Europe are governed by the risk of experiencing divorce, when shaping their physical appearance. The main result is that divorce risks, proxied by national divorce rates, are negatively connected to body mass index (BMI) among married individuals but unrelated to BMI among singles. Hence, it seems that married people in societies where divorce risks are high are more inclined to invest in their outer appearance. One interpretation is that high divorce rates make married people prepare for a potential divorce and future return to the marriage market.},
  author       = {Lundborg, Petter and Nystedt, Paul and Lindgren, Björn},
  issn         = {0021-9320},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {531--544},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Journal of Biosocial Science},
  title        = {Getting ready for the marriage market? The association between divorce risks and investments in attractive body mass among married europeans},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021932006001611},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2007},
}