“Boyfriend weight” isn’t just an urban legend. Settling into a comfortable relationship means endless restaurant meals, couch wine, and hanging out watching TV. That sounds pretty awesome, but it also causes people to put on a lot of weight.
According to a recent survey in the UK, being in a relationship is the single biggest cause of weight gain, way ahead of breakup cake and “I’m on vacation” cocktails. 62 percent of people surveyed said they’d put on up to 14 pounds after getting into a committed relationship, and 75 percent of them said their partners had put on weight as well.
For women in relationships with men, portion size was the biggest culprit. Half the women surveyed said they regularly match the amounts their partners eat. I’ve definitely caught myself doing that more often than not, even though I don’t technically need as many calories (in this case cinnamon-roasted almonds) as a much larger dude.
Couples also spend a lot of time curled up in front of the TV or eating together at home or in restaurants. 20 percent of couples said that going out to eat constituted the bulk of their time spent together.
The survey also decided that in addition to putting on weight, couples let their “standards of behavior” fall when in a long-term relationship. Just under 50 percent of people said that they’d even burp in front of their partner, which makes us wonder what kind of magic yogi powers the other half of respondents have over their bodies to never, ever burp in the presence of a long-term partner.
We think this is supposed to be a cautionary tale about getting too complacent in a relationship, but only about a tenth of the people surveyed said they were going to try to cut down on the amount they eat and drink with their partners. Even if they’re putting on weight, not everyone seems to care enough to cut out the couch time. And hanging out on the sofa and watching Teen Wolf with a cheese plate and a couple Manhattans sounds like paradise to us. If that means putting on a couple pounds, we’ll take them and be happy.
Via The Daily Mail/Photo: Shutterstock