Is your boyfriend making you fat? Long-term relationships revealed as number one reason for weight gain
- 62% of those polled gained at least one stone after starting a relationship
- Two thirds of couples say they have put on weight together
- Women match their partner’s food portion size which leads to weight gain
- Long-term love also leads to standards of behaviour being more relaxed
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.
But although food forms a major part of time spent as a couple, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they would like to be healthier, with over a tenth attempting to cut down on the amount they eat and drink with their partner.
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.
A spokesman for Diet Chef, which carried out the survey, said: ‘This survey has revealed some very interesting results, and it’s surprising to see how complacent people can be when they are in a relationship.
‘It’s widely known that people tend to put on a little bit of weight once they have found love, but what we didn’t expect to find was that the weight gain is on average a stone, if not more.
‘‘We appreciate the role food plays in a relationship, and whilst enjoyment of food is great, it’s important to stay healthy and monitor what you eat on a daily basis, especially portion size