According to a new study, researchers from the University of British Columbia (Canada) women who have no social ties (or very few), have a greater likelihood of obesity than men with the same amount of social interaction.
The researchers analyzed social contacts 28238 people aged 45 to 85 years and their relationship with body mass index, a waist circumference and General obesity.
It was found that single women (unmarried, widow, divorced), had a high chance for the development of abdominal and General obesity. Also, the women who lived by themselves and had a rare monthly social activity, or not had her at all, had the biggest average girth. While in males it was the opposite. Those men who lived in wedlock and had many social contacts, the average waist size and the tendency to obesity was more than lonely.
In this research work the researchers have not considered the reasons for this difference between men and women, but suggested that it may be partially related to the differences in gender roles and social expectations associated with these roles.
The results can help to change the principles of treatment of elderly women with obesity, adding to a healthy diet and exercise and even social activities. Scientists believe that more research is needed to understand the causal relationships between social contacts and health of older women and men.