Couples in supportive marriages appear less likely to gain weight and become obese in middle age, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Researchers asked roughly 2,650 people who were married or in long-term marriage-like relationships about their levels of marital support and strain, as well as the overall quality of their partnerships. The researchers assigned numerical values to the couples’ relationships based on the responses, then tracked the participants’ weight gain over nearly nine years.They found that people with high levels of marriage quality and support were less likely to gain weight over time than couples in less supportive marriages. For example, for each step up on the “support” scale, people gained roughly 1½ fewer pounds and had a 22 percent lower risk of obesity.“This study…adds to the evidence that a positive social relationship is a health asset,” said Ying Chen, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study, in a March 13, 2018 Time magazine article.Other Harvard Chan authors included Ichiro Kawachi, Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, and senior author Laura Kubzansky.Read the Time article: A Good Marriage May Help Keep You Thin, Study Says Read Full Story
A nationwide lockdown was lifted last week, and Nepal is now open “for tourism activities, including mountaineering and trekking,” Mira Acharya of the tourism department told AFP. The decision comes despite over 1,000 new coronavirus infections reported this week, with a total of 19,547 cases. KATHMANDU – Nepal has reopened its mountains – including Everest – for the autumn trekking and climbing season in a bid to boost the struggling tourism sector, officials said yesterday, despite coronavirus uncertainty. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March just ahead of the busy spring season when hundreds of mountaineers usually flock to the country, costing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. The government will permit international flights to land in the country from August 17. Officials were “working on” safety protocols Acharya added, including for how long visitors would have to quarantine on arrival. (AFP) Despite coronavirus uncertainty, Nepal has reopened Everest for the autumn trekking and climbing season.