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Marriage, culture and health

MARRIAGE is considered as one of life’s traditional rites of passage in the Pacific. In the old days, the objective was to gain land properties or prestige. Today, stability and health are among the challenges faced by couples and their families.

Island resident Doris Esteban said staying healthy should be a priority for married couples. “We must be pro-active with our health,” she added. 

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Doris Esteban, center, with Junaleen Jose, left, and the writer.  Contributed photo

A new study by Duke University Medical Center found that “Baby Boomers with permanent partners or spouses had a decreased risk of premature death during midlife years. Individuals who were never married were more than twice as likely to die early than individuals who had been in a long-term, stable relationship.”

A Georgia State University study in April 10, 2018 stated: “People who are married and earning less than $60,000 per year in total household income have fewer symptoms of depression than comparable earning unmarried people, but for couples earning more, marriage doesn’t show the same mental health benefits.”

Recently, a University of Erlangen-Nuremberg study indicates that more and more elderly people are suffering from malnutrition. “People who are unmarried, separated or divorced are most often affected whilst men and women who are either married or widowed tend to take better care of themselves.”

 Although marriage comes with certain health benefits, that alone isn’t enough reason to partner up. Maintaining relationships has been shown to be a key part of lasting wellness, but there are many kinds of intimate partnerships.

Every marriage is different, depending on the individuals involved, their plans, lifestyles, and other factors.