Blog: Cohabiting makes you fat…

Catherine Sleep | 6 April 2006

…if you’re a woman, that is. The male of the species, on the other hand, eats more healthily under the influence of a loving girlfriend or wife, and so tends to shed pounds. At least this is what a review of studies undertaken by Newcastle University dieticians indicates.

Does your own experience bear this out? I’d have to say that our marriage at least partly backs it up. Since I got hitched to a greyhound-skinny cake lover, I’ve found it harder to abstain from, shall we say, “foods of negligible nutritional benefit”; foods which I simply didn’t have in the house when I reigned supreme over the fridge. The erstwhile Microwave Cowboy, meanwhile, is definitely eating more vegetables, and fresh food in general, and thinks about issues such as salt intake.

Having a child focuses the attention even more keenly on food, as most people make so much effort to feed their baby a balanced, healthy diet, that it makes them think about paying more attention to their own food intake. After all, we're "worth it" too, as those silly shampoo ads say.

Cohabiting is bad for women's health - but not men's


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