Here is some interesting data on weight. A new study that followed women for 10 years looked at average weight gain over time. Single women with no children gained an average of 11 pounds over 10 years. Married women and no baby gained about 15 pounds, and if married women with a baby gained 20 pounds. The study does show that women ages 18 to 33 are gaining weight at a higher rate than the previous generation. It shows that women generally gain weight soon after getting married but don’t realize the gain until they become pregnant. This will certainly cause more health problems later in life. Weight control issues for married women with children include less time to prepare nutritious meals and more reliance on fast food, takeout and processed food. Women may overeat due to more stress eating. Single women may gain less because they are still dating, want to attract a partner, have different eating habits and they have more time for exercise.