Head Over 'Meals' In Love

Aww true love. All the songs on the radio are about you, you feel all warm and fuzzy inside ...and you’ve gained weight?!

It is bad news for everyone but the commitment –phobic I’m afraid. A study published in the Obesity Medical Journal found that those who co-inhabit are more likely to gain weight then their single counterparts. It gets worse if you are married. Those who are married double their chances of becoming obese.

The reasons for this are adopting your partners eating habits and portion sizes, eating out more often and prioritising differently (the gym falls way down on the list).

The good news is that couples who decide to lose weight and eat healthier tend to be more successful than their single counterparts if they diet together.


Katzmarzyk PT, Perusse L, Rao DC, Bouchard C, Spousal Resemblance and Risk of 7-year Increases in Obesity and Central Adiposity in the Canadian Population, Obesity Journal, 1999, 545-51.

Jeffery RW, Rick AM, Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Associations Between Body Mass Index and Marriage-Related Factors, Obesity Journal, 2002, 10: 809-15.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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