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.
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