The idea that happy couples gain weight when they love each other sounds slightly far-fetched, but surprisingly, there is evidence that supports this statement. According to several studies, couples who reported to be happy and satisfied in their relationships/marriages are more likely to gain weight.
Here, we followed the studies that had been carried out and learned what was examined and what the result of the research was.
Married couples gaining weight
Research done by the University of North Carolina followed the weight measurements of more than 8,000 people and it was concluded that a married woman can gain, on average, 24 pounds during the first 5 to 6 years of her marriage. In addition, women who lived with their partners but weren’t married gained 22 pounds while women who were dating but weren’t living with their partner gained only 13 pounds.
The study also showed that men gained weight during the transition from being single to being in a relationship, and it showed that men who cohabited with their other half for more than 2 years were twice as likely to gain more than 25 pounds than men who did not live with their partner.
The study reached a conclusion that there is a strong association between romantic relationships and the number of obesity-related results. However, even though weight gain is evident in long-term romantic relationships, there was a significant decrease in smoking and alcohol abuse which shows a willingness of couples to pursue a healthier lifestyle.