Author: Ben Renner
NEW YORK -- It’s fairly common for people to let themselves go a bit, or occasionally skip the gym, once they find themselves in a satisfying, committed relationship. Now, a new survey of 2,000 Americans currently in a relationship finds that 79% say they have gained weight since they started dating their significant other.
Commissioned by the weight-loss company Jenny Craig, the survey reveals that the average respondent has gained a startling 36 pounds since their relationship began. Breaking down the weight gain further, the survey indicated that 17 of those extra pounds were gained in the first year of a relationship.
Men were far more likely to have gained weight during a romantic relationship than women. In total, 69% of men said they gained weight, while 45% of women said the same.
Of those surveyed, 42% said that dining out frequently is the primary cause of their weight gain. Another 34% blamed ordering takeout and cooking at home together while drinking. Still, there are a multitude of factors that may cause relationship-based weight gain. An additional 64% said that simply feeling secure in a romantic relationship and not feeling pressure to look their best all the time was a contributing factor to weight gain. According to respondents, most people begin to feel comfortable enough in a relationship to start gaining weight after around one year and five months.
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