In Love? You're Going to Get Fat, Says New Study

Three out of four Americans in a relationship are carrying around a bit of “love weight."

Why do we have to sacrifice our bodies to be in love?

A new study says that three out of four Americans in a relationship (79 percent) are carrying around a bit of “love weight” — and they gained it since hooking up with their partner.

Just great. But why does it happen?

The study asked 2,000 people in happy relationships about their eating and exercising habits and found that “the average respondent had gained 36 pounds since they first started dating their current partner.” In the first year, people gained an average of 17 pounds.

Which sex gained more? Men.

They were more likely to report added pounds during the first year of a relationship than women. (Sixty-nine percent for men and 45 percent for women.)

The love pounds were due to dining out, and ordering in more, while drinking at home. People attributed no longer feeling pressured to looking perfect to the weight gain, and feeling “comfortable” enough to eat more. Married couples (54 percent) said they had some some weight gain within the first year of marriage, at 17 pounds on average. Married men put on twice as much weight as women during the first year of marriage, the study also found. Five years into a marriage is when the most weight is gained, the study found.

Single people, overall, said looking for a partner was a great weight loss motivator.

“The data shows that while people have gained weight in a relationship, they are recognizing that they need to lose it, and that is great news for their health,” said Monty Sharma, president and CEO of Jenny Craig.

The research was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jenny Craig.

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