Good News Unmarried Couples – Cohabitation is Good for You

In healthcare professions, it’s common knowledge that married people have better overall health and lower mortality than their unmarried peers. However, a new study published in AJPH indicates that adults who are cohabitating have midlife health outcomes that are similar to adults in formal marriages. So in terms of the benefits specific to marriage, we can probably strike “longer, healthier life” from the list.

Source: Good news for unmarried couples—cohabitation is good for you

This comes on the heels of the news about how sick families with children get.  So it’s healthy to live with others, to a point 😉

Study: Women With Eating Disorders End Up With Less Money

It’s long been known that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are associated with other challenging health issues. Heart problems, osteoporosis, tooth decay, esophageal damage, pancreatitis and kidney failure, among many things, have been linked with eating disorders.

But now a new study has associated the conditions with long-term negative economic consequences, including lower earnings.

Source: Women with eating disorders earn less, study says

While I worry some will get self conscious, I hope this news reinforces the severity of eating disorders and that pursuing treatment is in a sufferers best interest.

If you read into the study, they discuss a bit about how people with eating disorders tend to be much higher on the “perfectionist” type spectrum than most.  Some of what may account for the difference between men and women is that because of society, etc, that perfectionism manifests differently in men versus women.  Still, it’d have been nice if the sample had the same number of men as women.