The dating game can be treacherous, and having a banging body can mean the difference between catching the eye of your future soul mate or going home alone. While many of us faithfully workout while we’re trying to snag Mr. or Ms. Right, once we get into a relationships we can sometime fall off the wagon.
Apparently that’s what happened to Kim Kardashian. After rumors spread that her beau Kanye West wanted her to go to extremes to lose weight, Kardashian admitted that she’d gained a few pounds since hooking up with West. Kimmy K wrote on her blog, “Yes, I have gained some weight…but I guess being happy and comfortable does that to you.”
I looked back on my past relationships and I’ve noticed that, while I’ve never gained a significant amount of weight as a part of a couple, I have gotten comfortable and found more pleasure in sharing a meal than hitting the gym.
And I’m not alone. According to a study conducted in 2008, marriage and divorce were “weight shocks,” which prompted men and women to pack on the pounds.
In the study, researchers looked at how marriage and divorce affected weight changes in a group of 10,071 people who participated in a national survey from 1979 to 2008 and were between the ages of 14 and 22 when the survey began. Information was analyzed from the years 1986 to 2008, the years that the survey included weight measurements.
The results showed that marriage and divorce both acted as “weight shocks” that increased the number of small weight gains (less than about 7-20 pounds for the average person) among men and women. For example, men and women were more likely to experience small weight gains in the two years after marriage or divorce than those who never married.
While the health benefits increased for married men, women’s weight took a hit during marriage because of increased responsibility. Household chores, parenting, and work commitments tend to fall on women more than their partners which decreases the amount of time they have to work out.
To combat the “happy” weight that creeps on when you’re coupled up, work out with your partner and cook healthy (and romantic) meals at home.
Have you ever gained weight while in a relationship?