Finally, there is no doubt that a healthy romantic relationship could have a hugely positive effect on your overall well-being. You have someone by your side who loves you, supports you and is willing to help you.
But, for all the benefits of this relationship, there is a key problem: according to new research, a long relationship could lead to weight gain.
The study was conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia, and the scientists who conducted the study studied more than 15,000 people.
Participants provided information about their lifestyle, and the study aimed to find out whether the fact that someone is in a long-term relationship could affect their healthy lifestyle. This showed things like their activity, whether they ate a lot of junk food, how often they watched TV and so on.
After analyzing the data, the researchers came to the following conclusions. The analysis included information collected over almost a decade, as well as information on the participants relationship status.
In fact, the partners in long-term relationships gained about 1.8 kg per year, according to the results. The happiest couples weighed about 2.5 kg more than the least happy couples in the same age group and about 3.7 kg less than those in a single relationship.
One reason is frequent family meals, but another is that couples eat much of the same amount of food as in a single relationship, but have larger portions when they eat together. This leads to an increased calorie intake, especially in the early stages of a long-term relationship.
Another problem with living with a significant other is that sometimes both partners share the same unhealthy habits. Many couples spend time together eating, watching TV and drinking alcohol together. Another important finding was that couples who ate healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables would not drink or smoke too much.
Lead researcher Dr Stephanie Schoeppe confirmed that people who did not seek a partner felt more comfortable eating foods high in fat and sugar. So it doesn’t seem that attractiveness is a priority, but those who have a long-term partner tend to gain more weight than those without it. The reason, of course, is that they don’t want to love you, do they?
Finally, it is important to say that it is not okay to neglect your body weight when you have a partner. Work out with the person you love and don’t eat in front of the TV or exercise too much, especially if you’re in a long-term relationship.