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‘Relationships’ Main Cause Of People Getting Fat

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Is your boyfriend making you fat? Long-term relationships revealed as number one reason for weight gain

By Ruth Styles | 8 August 2013

From romantic dinners a deux to cosy evenings spent watching TV and munching popcorn on the sofa, spending time with your other half can be a calorific affair.

Now, a new survey has revealed that being in a relationship is the single biggest cause of weight gain – superseding more obvious causes such as overindulging on holiday or comfort eating after a break-up.

62 per cent of those polled said they gained up to one stone after committing to a relationship, with just under three quarters saying they thought their partner had gained weight too. Two thirds of the couples surveyed said that they have put on weight together.

Portion size is the main cause of the problem for women, with more than half of the women asked saying they regularly match what their male partner eats. As a result, 56 per cent said this meant they ate portions of a far larger size than normal, which contributed to them piling on the pounds.

Couples’ activities also contribute to weight gain with 30 per cent saying that they spend most of their quality time curled up in front of the TV, and 21 per cent saying they spend most of their time together eating at home. Another 20 per cent said that eating out as a couple formed the bulk of their time spent together…

And then there is also the reduction in sexual activity. (Joking. We think.)

Along with spending more time eating together, the survey also found that standards of behaviour get more relaxed the longer a couple is together.

Just under half of couples said they burp in front of their partner while a quarter of women polled said they shave their legs and armpits less once they feel settled in a relationship. 25 per cent said they were comfortable enough to pass wind in front of a partner

More good news. Somehow we are reminded of the old definition of a bachelor: ‘a man who has not made the same mistake once.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘Relationships’ Main Cause Of People Getting Fat”

  1. Once you’ve partnered up there’s no longer a need to keep fit except for health reasons. By the time you realize that you begin hoping the end comes faster, thus….you just let yourself go.

  2. Well, I will say by the time I got divorced she was 30 pounds more girl and I was a hunk.

    /true story

  3. yadayada

    another lib ploy to prove to women that men are not to marry and face the wonders and hardships of life together as a team, like God intended.
    nope, just there for casual sex.

  4. BillK

    See, “hook up” and keep your figure.

  5. Kytross

    Really? No where in the article do they mention that once a woman is in a committed relationship she no longer needs to attract another man. I remember many a conversation amongst my female friends where that was the exact topic. Once they get married they could stop working out and “get a belly.”


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