After the hilarity caused by the online trend of netizens showing photos of their toddlers “Before and After Staying with Granny”, another wave of laughter spread across Weibo recently when wives bantered about how their husbands look different before and after marriage.
Weibo account @一个阿呆仔 reposted a photo from one netizen’s Facebook, showing how four years of married life has changed her husband’s appearance.
The husband who is surnamed Xiao grumbled in a video in Miaopai, a short video platform, saying that he has gained 15 kilos after getting married.
The post has got 71,361 comments and 43,932 reposts, with many netizens following the trend and posting “before and after” photos of their husbands.
Waistlines expanding after marriage is not a novelty. Moving in with a spouse leads to a change in lifestyle patterns, which probably means more food consumed and less activity. In Chinese there is a specific expression 幸福肥 Xìngfú féi (Happy Fatness) to describe it. We believe that the quality of marriage is the main explanation for the increase – the more content couples were in their marriage, the more pounds they were found to pack on.
It’s true that most people in long-term relationships tend to become more comfortable with their lifestyle and appearance. Single people may spend more time keeping themselves fit to appear attractive.
However, there are also some survivors of this marriage weight gain epidemic. A netizen whose Weibo account name is @腿哥不是一只鸡腿 posted photos of her husband, saying “He stays in good shape and he appears even more attractive to me when he takes good care of our baby”.