Polygamy increases the risk of heart disease by more than 4-fold, reveals new research. The risk and severity of heart disease increased with the number of wives.
Isn’t this interesting? Does this mean that women put added pressure on men, or that men can’t deal with added relationships? Probably both. I believe this study is misleading at best. Many of its participants lived in rural areas which are a higher risk for healthy behavior, and probably older men which are more likely to have issues. In addition, being part of a minority has its own stresses, so probably part of this is just the stress of hiding and explaining your atypical behavior.
I have never known anyone personally who practiced polygamy but many people I have spoken to about it seemed sympathetic. It makes sense that women would do this for the financial and companionship benefits, and men for the same I suppose. I am not arguing for or against it, I just would find it difficult to separate my time between two people I loved. Just boiling it down to a straight time division seems unfair and cruel as well since life often wanes and waxes and doesn’t allow that kind of division. For example, if one had to attend a conference then you would end up spending more time with the other. Or if one got sick, then you would spend more time with that one. As a woman in that situation I would start to find ways to spend time more than the other one since I think its hard for anyone in love to feel they come in second.
I don’t think you have to love one person the most in your life, but loving two people romantically equally is probably more difficult. Would you want to share your significant other with someone else?