Health clauses appearing in prenups

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A new trend is on the rise among those about to get married, and it ain't whether or not to wear a sleeveless gown. More often, those signing prenuptial agreements are including health-related clauses in their lists of musts and must nots. What used to be about money, frankly, and protection of assets, has moved to the body. For example, if a wife gets fat, her husband has the right to divorce her or perhaps leave her penniless. Let's just hope she doesn't like ice cream too much. Smoking is also finding its way into the agreements as is a due date for pregnancy (like there's much control over that one!).

Health concerns are certainly more on our minds these days as we try to swim our way out of a nation of obesity and rising healthcare costs driven by insurance companies who care more about making money for their top brass than actually helping the nation's citizens take care of themselves. Hence, it would seem natural that health concerns would be a large part of the conversation when two people decide to spend the rest of their lives together.

I suppose I could have forced my husband to be to sign a prenup stating he would remain vegetarian and raise our kids to be such, but I'm flexible and a little bit of a softy. I suppose he could have banned soft cheeses from our fridge or taken me to court. But we didn't. Maybe I could have said I wanted to have a baby by the time I was 30 or he was outta there. Know what would have happened? I'd be single and still have no kids (I am 33 and expecting number two, but didn't have number one until I was 32).

Are these people crazy to be suggesting such prenups, and worse to be agreeing to them, or are they right on the money given the way the modern world works?

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