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Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

April 6th 2006

Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

Time for Change

Men are women are different when it comes to moving in together.  Women usually gain weight and men typically lose weight during relationships.  Men will also keep at a steady weight following breakups.  The lead author Amelia Lake, a research fellow with Newcastle University's Human Nutrition Research Centre, believes this is due to the so called “honeymoon period” where each partner takes on the other’s eating habits. 

It appears that women usually eat more healthy foods and begin to eat less healthy when they move in with men.  The reverse is also true.  Men usually eat less healthy, but begin to eat healthier when they move in with the woman. The woman’s healthy eating habits tend to have a positive long term impact on her partner.  

The researchers say that both partners try to please each other during the “honeymoon period”.  They tend to adjust their eating routine to suit their partners’. 


Since females typically buy the food and cook it, they have the strongest long-term effect. According to Dr. Lake “You can't just blame an unhealthy lifestyle or diet on your partner, as there are many other things that affect what you eat and do. However, research has shown that your partner is a strong influence on lifestyle and people who are trying to live healthier lives should take this factor into consideration.”

The researchers found that women were more likely to turn to food in times of emotional stress.  They may put on the weight by eating foods high in fat and sugar when they move in with their partner.  Lake said "Couples who move into together should use the opportunity of the honeymoon period to make positive changes to their diet and lifestyle by working together and supporting each other.”


The report by the Newcastle University's Human Nutrition Research Centre, and published in the health professional title Complete Nutrition, involved the compilation of a variety of research projects from the UK, North America and Australia.  These studies looked at the eating habits and lifestyles of cohabiting heterosexual couples, including married couples.

One of the studies did show that both men and women put on weight after they started living together, which experts suggest could be due to changes in eating patterns and a tendency to make less time for exercise.  The researchers believe the key reason for the change in dietary habits is “the symbolic nature that food assumes in a relationship. Many cohabiting couples reported food as being central to their partnership, and eating together in the evening was an ideal sought by many”.

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