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You may be more successful losing weight with your spouse, as a couple, than by yourself

You may be more successful losing weight with your spouse, as a couple, than by yourself

In a recent study, it was shown that weight within couples tends to be proportionally equivalent – correlated – between partners. “If one partner becomes obese during the course of the relationship, there is an increased probability that the other will too”, claims study co-author Amy Gorin, associate professor in psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut.The reverse can be true as well. There is good evidence that when one-half of a couple embraces a healthy lifestyle, there’s a better chance that the other half will too. Gorin explains this with the concept of the “ripple effect,” which means that weight loss interventions delivered to one spouse have unintended, but positive benefits for the other spouse.

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