For me, my weight has always been a bit of a challenge. Having a childhood nickname of “Buddha Baby” should kind of explain it it all, but, in essence, I’ve always loved food…and struggled with keeping a trim figure as a result. By no means am I overweight, but I can’t help but notice those few pesky extra pounds when I look in the mirror or slip on my skinny jeans. That extra cookie definitely settles in around my waist, and I sense that loaf of cheesy garlic bread clumping up under my belly button. Scoops of ice cream dangle from my biceps and chocolate bars collect around my thighs.
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Sadly, I am what I eat.
Interestingly enough, though, is that fact that I always seems to pack on a few extra pounds when I happily in a relationship. It’s a phenomenon that has always fascinated me, and an occurrence that I’ve always hoped was universal. I mean, I can’t possibly be alone in weight gain when in enamored. I mean, they have to be called “love handles” for a reason, right?
In fact, one study presented in 2007 at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society found that women (particularly younger women) who were dating gained an average of 15 pounds over five years, while women who were living with their partners gained an average of 18 pounds. Even worse? Newly married women gained an average of 24 pounds in that same five year period. For men, the weight gain was roughly the same, but there was no real difference between cohabiting and marriage.
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Now THAT’S some food for thought.