Be Wed, Be Well

British epidemiologist William Farr studied the mortality rates of three different types of French people back in 1858: single, married, and widowed. What he found was that people who are unwed die from disease in what he called “undue proportion” when compared to those who are married. The evidence for this observation has only increased since then. As recently as 2011, a study of 225 people who underwent cardiac bypass surgery between 1987 and 1990 showed that 83% of the men and women in the study were still alive fifteen years later as compared to between 27% and 36% of the unmarried participants.


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