Studies Confirm - A Happy Marriage Can Make You Fat

Researchers from Southern Methodist University in Dallas joined 169 newlywed couples and discovered some interesting things. They determined that being in a relationship makes people fatter. The study looked at data of more than 15,000 people, and found that those with a long-term partner weighed, on average, 12.7 pounds more than single folks, and showed an average weight gain of 3.9 pounds per year.

So why does being in a couple make people fat? Well, the researchers speculate it could have to do with couples having a commitment to regular family meals, and that they tend to eat larger portions and more calories when they are with someone than if they were alone. Plus, always having someone to go out to dinner and drink with can add the poundage. And most importantly, not having to go out often to impress people could result in couples letting themselves go.

“When couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract a partner,” lead author StephanieSchoeppe explains, “they may feel more comfortable in eating more, or eating more foods high in fat and sugar.”

So do you agree?

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