Skip to comments.Divorce damages your health – and getting remarried barely helps
Posted on 07/27/2009 8:48:52 AM PDT by Schnucki
People who get divorced are more likely to suffer health problems including heart disease and cancer, even if they go on to remarry, a study has shown.
Divorce and widowhood have a long-term negative effect on physical wellbeing that is only marginally ameliorated if the person finds a new partner.
The stress and financial uncertainty of separation can continue to take their toll on our bodies decades after the Decree Absolute comes through, the research indicates.
Divorced people have 20 per cent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people, according to the study of 8,652 people aged between 51 and 61 by Professor Linda Waite of the University of Chicago.
They also have 23 per cent more mobility problems, such as difficulty climbing stairs or walking short distances.
But while the health benefits of marriage which are believed to stem from financial security and the positive impact of wives on their husbands' diets and lifestyles are well known, the new study shows that they are significantly reduced the second and third times around.
People who divorce and then remarry still have 12 per cent more chronic problems and 19 per cent more mobility problems than those who have been continuously married, the analysis showed.
"Among the currently married, those who have ever been divorced show worse health on all dimensions. Both the divorced and widowed who do not remarry show worse health on all dimensions," said Prof Waite, a sociologist.
The research, which was carried out with Mary Elizabeth Hughes of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, also reaffirmed the results of recent studies showing the relative ill health of people who remain unmarried into late middle age.
People who never married have 12 per cent more mobility limitations and 13 per
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Ping to come back for the jokes that always turn up on these kinds of threads.
Another “which came first” crazy “study.”
For Christians, it is by far best to remain single or reconcile after divorce.
did this study include abusive relationships? if the marriage is unhappy and unhealthy for a person, would that person not be healthier after the divorce?
‘I’ve had bad luck with both my wives.
The first one left me, and the second one didn’t.’
James Holt McGavra
If your spouse leaves you and commits adultery its best to seek a new spouse. Man (and Woman) should not be alone. If the spouse who leaves is unsaved and shows no signs of beginning regeneration then the one who was left can and should move one.
But if your spouse who left is (1) not in a sexual relationship with another and is either a christian or moving that way reconciliation should be sought.
Be the stoic myrter while ones spouse has moved on with their life only causes pain and is not God glorifying.
Not always, of course. People change and people grow up, but the general nature of the person when they graduate from high school is not all that different when they turn 60. The serious, discliplined scholar or athlete grows up to be the serious, discliplined businessman. The jerk jock who thinks the world revolves around him grows up to be the jerk boss or politician who thinks the world revolves around him. The sweet, helpful young lady grows up to be the caring nurse, teacher or mother.
And so it is with people who divorce and remarry, as a general rule.
Divorce isn’t an overnight thing. People arrive at divorce after a long and tortuous searching, often coming close to destroying themselves in the process. Comparing a divorced person to a person who’s happily married is apples to oranges.
Studies like this need to have a disclaimer “GENERALLY SPEAKING” because every single exception will be raised as an attack against the study.
That’s what I always wonder. Could it be that people who have health issues are a little more cranky and tend to get divorced more? Better yet, could it be that health issues affect decision making and make it more likely that someone will choose a poor mate? Or could it be that people in poor health have a lower-quality pool of people to choose from?
It is not God-glorifying to go against your vow, which was “until [only) death do us part.”
If you don’t vow that, then I might buy the rest of your argument. With a vow to God, only you can break it, regardless of what another does.
Christians should not be marrying someone who is not a Christian, anyway. You must be “equally yoked.”
Christians are free to marry another when their spouse or former spouse dies.
Or that the other spouse bailed because they tired of the person’s illness, bad health habits, etc.
you mean bailed for richer or for poorer, better or for worse and in sickness or in health.....
If you are not the party that does the parting (the victim of a no fault divorce) but:
I Corinthians 7 “ But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.”
That obviously covers those with whom neither were Christians before being married, but then one became Christian.
When you aren’t one of God’s children, it would appear you can’t vow to God.
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