Mental Floss

Cohabiting may be hazardous to her health

Ransom Riggs

It should surprise no one that, according to dieticians, women generally have healthier diets than men. But when women and men start living together, their eating habits change. During the "honeymoon" period at the beginning of a cohabitation-based love-relationship (or CBLR), both partners compromise more, the women tending to eat less healthy food thanks to the influence of the man, and the man generally benefiting from the arrangement, and eating less fatty, more healthful food.

Eventually (and inevitably) that "honeymoon" period ends, and while the couple will drift back toward their old behavior, they never return to those old eating habits completely. As a result, according to the journal Complete Nutrition, single women are often healthier than cohabiting ones. This reinforces a recent study of single women's health conducted by AARP, which found that the research which for decades has indicated that the opposite is true -- and in fact married women are healthier -- had mostly been focusing on the health of widowed or divorced women, rather than those who are contentedly single. So let's hear it, ladies: Men ... who needs 'em?