Being in a relationship makes us pile on the pounds as we feel happy and secure in a loved-up couple, research shows.
Having a long-term partner is something most people crave, longing for the stability and intimacy it brings.
And you have someone to curl up under the duvet with when it rains, someone to cook you dinner and go halves with when ordering a pizza.
But a study lasting more than a decade has confirmed what many suspected – being in a relationship makes you fatter.
Conducted by the University of Queensland, Australia, researchers found being together could be a source of weight gain.
Analyzing data from more than 15,000 people over 10 years, they found those in a couple weighed on average 12.7 pounds more than their single counterparts.
And those with a significant other also had an average weight gain of 3.9 pounds per year.
The researchers said: “Marriage (or de-facto relationships) comes with spousal obligations such as regular family meals.”
“While they may include more healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and less fast food, people often consume larger portion sizes and more calories in the company of others than they do alone, resulting in increased energy intake,” New Scientist reported.