Weight gain is contagious
A study done by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that weight gain is also contagious in married couples. If one partner is gaining weight, the other partner has a 37% chance of gaining more weight as well. This is because they adapt to each other’s habits since they spend so much time together. Whereas couples that might be unhappy in their relationships avoid spending time together so it becomes more difficult to adapt to each other’s eating habits.
People holding the study analyzed the social environment, habits and mutual activities of the couples and reached the conclusion that mutual weight gain derives from both individuals psychologically influencing each other with their eating habits.
It is important to keep in mind that even though these are studies done by health professionals, they only show a number of instances in the world and not the whole world in question, so it does not apply to everyone. There are always exceptions and it doesn’t mean that when you don’t gain weight when you are married that you are not happy with your partner. These studies were mainly done in order to understand the living situations of couples and to help fight obesity.
It is vital to influence each other in positive ways with healthy eating habits and lifestyles regardless of weight in order to enjoy each other’s company for the rest of your lives.
What do you think about the results of these studies? Do you believe you can gain more weight when you are happily married? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!