In my own research, I have examined the relationship to marriage and weight gain.
A study by Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood found that health insurance may actually increase body mass. According to the authors: “We find weak evidence that more generous insurance coverage increases body mass index. We find stronger evidence that being insured increases body mass index and obesity.”
- A study by Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood (2009) “Does Health Insurance Make You Fat,” NBER Working Paper 15163.