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Cost of wedding may influence chances of divorce

A recent study done by economic professors at Emory University suggested that couples who opt for a more affordable wedding are more likely to stay together than their counterparts who celebrated a more lavish union, KTRE 9 reported on January 11.

According to the study, couples whose weddings cost more than $20,000 are 3.5 times more likely to file for divorce from each other than those whose weddings cost less. The researches assessed data relating to 3,000 people in the U.S. This may be due to an increased financial burden on the newly wed couple.

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Obesity more common in children of divorced parents

According to a recent Norwegian study, children of divorced parents are 1.54 times more likely to be obese than children from married households, The New Zealand Herald reported on June 3.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain and recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia. The researchers compared the height, weight, and waist circumference of 3,166 Norwegian schoolchildren and noted the marital status of their parents. Although researchers do not know why, children with married parents were generally in better shape than those without.

Research from Rice University in Texas attributed this phenomenon to a possible increase in proximity and access to junk food, less exercise, fewer opportunities to leave the house, and more resources at their disposal due to the two households they frequent.

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American Journal of Sociology study explains why divorce rates are higher in conservative states

A new study titled “Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates,” which was published in late January in the American Journal of Sociology, explored why states with more conservative and religious people, like Arkansas and Alabama, which have the second and third highest divorce rates in the country, have higher divorce rates than the more liberal states like New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Demographer and University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer Glass found that religion had a profound effect on married couples’ relationship stability and marital longevity due to the “social institutions it creates.” These findings oppose the previous explanation, which was that divorce was more common due to socioeconomic hardships.

Glass wrote that a more religious culture that is more likely to frown on divorce is also the kind to pressure young couples into marriage by denouncing co-habitation, advocating abstinence, and making it hard for people to gain access to birth control information, thus resulting in unwanted pregnancies and unstable marriage foundations.

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