Why women pile on the kilos when they live with men

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

New research from self-storage firm Space Station found that 27 per cent of women blamed weight gain on moving in with their male partners, as living with their other half meant more takeaways and snacking.

For their results, researchers spoke to 500 men and 500 women living in Britain, and found that over a quarter of those surveyed had noticed the pounds piling on within weeks of gaining a new roommate and enjoying cosy nights in.

However, the remaining 73 per cent of the group said their partners made little to no difference to their diet choices.

As for what men felt about the fairer sex, they said their diets actually got better. Forty percent praised their girlfriends for having a positive effect on their food choices, and they ate less junk food. The other 60 per cent, much like the majority of women polled, said moving in with a partner made little or no difference to their diets.

“Weight gain and loss in human beings in a lot of cases is inextricably linked with our behaviour and habits,” hypnotherapist Dipti Trait said. “When we as human beings feel settled, we relax. When we as human beings feel settled, we relax. This feeling of relaxation can extend into other areas in our lives.

“So, in the case of feeling secure in our relationships, we can begin to relax with our behaviours, such as our eating habits.”

The test group were also asked about their bedroom habits, with 10 per cent stating their sex lives had improved since moving in with their beloved, though 37 per cent moaned their boudoir had seen less action. The remaining participants said their sex lives remained unchanged.

© Cover Media
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24