Is Your Live-in Relationship Making You Fat? (Probably)

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Is living with your significant other causing you to gain weight? According to a new study, it is.

The study [done by Drs. The´ and Gordon-Larsen from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina] showed that when heterosexual partners move in together or get married, after just a few years, they gain weight. In fact, partners who marry are twice as likely to become obese as those who are simply dating. And at the one year anniversary, these “love handles” are more likely to occur on women than men… there is a 230% increased chance that both spouses will gain weight together compared to dating partners.

Terri Orbuch, PhD, who wrote about the study for Psychology Today speculates that’s because couples who live together “attach greater meaning to regular meals together, decrease physical activity, and stop worrying about attracting a mate, when compared to single or dating partners.”

Yet another reason to love our quite-happy single life, which includes meals for one whenever the hell we feel like it, getting up to go to boot camp three mornings a week because we haven’t been up all night having sex (okay, we’d trade that one) and still caring enough about finding someone to keep us up at least a night or two here and there to go to that damn boot camp.