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Love grows fat, or at least that seems

Love grows fat, or at least that seems

June 24, 2021

Starting a relationship is also turning towards some new habits and behaviors. This can be especially clear when we look at the nutritional habits of people in love or, rather, in the perception that these people have about their customs when it comes to feeding and taking care of what they eat.

This is the research topic that was addressed by the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO), which has addressed the relationship between being in a relationship or singleness and the repercussions of this on the trend towards overweight .

Love grows fat, or at least that seems

For this, from the SEEDO a survey study was promoted in which 2,314 people participated, the majority of which are middle-aged women (between 31 and 40 years old). From this population sample, 81% affirmed that there is a correspondence between the existence or not of a relationship , the phase through which this relationship passes and the different degrees of weight gain.


Some opinions on food and courtship

The results in relation to the amount of weight that respondents say vary depending on their sentimental situation is, on average, 4.5 kg . Specifically, 4.5 kg. that are earned by the fact of having a partner and a well-established relationship.

The explanations given by the respondents are based on the opinion that the moment of active partner search also involves monitoring eating habits to offer an attractive image, whereas this need becomes less important once the relationship with another person has been formed. .

73% of the people surveyed believe that the overweight factor affects a lot or a lot when it comes to finding a stable partner, while only 38% believe that this continues to maintain the same importance or more when it comes to maintaining a consolidated relationship. In addition, 42% admit that during times when they do not have a partner they try to take better care of their diet and customs when eating. In this same line, 24% of people peck less in singleness, and curiously 47% peck more just after breaking the relationship (especially sweet foods, who knows if with compensatory eagerness for the reward system that works during the falling in love and other addictions).


As we know, in relation to overweight not only affects what we eat, but also our habits to keep fit by exercising. When asked about this topic, 33% of the people surveyed said they practice more sport in a single state, and 35% do less sport once the relationship is over.

In addition, some of the respondents also associate this slight tendency towards overweight to the episodes of stress and worry facilitated by the idyll.

Sleep is also no exception to this set of daily changes who are affected by the entrance on the scene of a boyfriend or girlfriend. 36% say they sleep less at times of dating, a percentage that is surpassed by 44.5% who says to dedicate less hours to sleep by breaking up with the other person.

We need to investigate more!

As almost always and in all subjects related to habits and social dynamics. This research was done through surveys, with questions prepared a priori and with little capacity to collect all the subtleties of the opinions expressed in it. Further, it is possible that there are differences between what the people surveyed perceive and the reality . That is why in the future we hope to see more studies in which objective data on the relationship between sentimental situation and obesity are collected.



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