While being in a relationship has its own perks, it may be of a potential consequence. A study that has recently been published found that people in a happy relationship tends to make the partners fat. On the first look of it, the findings may surprise you a lot but that is what scientific data would suggest.
Why that might be the case will be discussed in a minute however there is a larger concern to ponder over. Things you love is possibly endangering your physical health!
That being said, medical experts have called for a great cause for concern for people in a relationship. Emotional validation aside, both the partners should not compromise on any of the health issues.
What did the study suggest?
Researchers associated with Southern Methodist University Dallas initiated their research in July 2013. The study observed as many as 170 newlywed couples. During this time the scientists collected information on height, weight and waistline measurement. Alongside, information related to how satisfied couples are with their marriage and stress levels were also documented in the findings.
The study continued for 4 years until the results were finally published. Accordingly, the research revealed that high levels of satisfaction in a relationship were linked with greater chances of obesity. In other words, the happier the couples are able to keep themselves, the more likely the partners will tend to be overweight.
On the contrary, the opposite held true as well. That is to say, couples who were less happy in their relationship were more physically fit. A similar case also applied for couples who ended up divorcing each other.
When the study first began, husbands had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 26. On the other hand, the mean BMI of the wives was estimated to be 23. Couples in happier relationships had partners observing an increase in their BMI. Accordingly, for both the genders the average increase was calculated at 0.12 every six months.
Relationship & Obesity
The study by researchers at Southern Methodist University tells us a lot about relationship and obesity. The findings on one side, there is actually a need to be worried about the problem. Particularly, because being overweight puts individuals at a greater risk of serious health complications.
While scientists were able to observe a link between the two, they were equally interested in knowing the reasons for the phenomena. Although a number of explanations have been put forward, it is pertinent to discuss the most relevant ones. First and foremost, it should not come as no surprise but being in a relationship entails going out for food more often. Which ultimately results in a higher intake of calories, possibly coming from eating junk food.
To worsen the problem further, scientists also found couples in a relationship to be inclined towards couch potatoing. Both the partners are unlikely to engage themselves in healthy productive activities, Which in turn affects their physical health. The combination of excessive eating and inactivity ultimately results in amassing more weight.
What this really means for couples in a relationship?
Well, the rule is simple and straightforward. Loving someone is fine, but not at the expense of risking your physical health!