For many the holidays are not only a time of joy, cheer, and good will but of eating, drinking, and then starting a new fad diet come the New Year.
Truth be told, fears of holiday weight gain give diet plans, pills, gyms, and exercise programs an edge as the masses ring in the New Year with resolutions of losing weight and getting fit.
Turns out there might be another reason for these weight loss promises – a breakup.
A new UK survey from SlimWeight Patch found that weight gain is the number one turn-off in a relationship. In fact, gaining just 8 pounds over the holidays could have your partner looking elsewhere for a new mate.
According to the study, almost 42% of men interviewed said they would be less attracted to their girlfriend if she gained half a stone or 7 pounds.
5% said they would even consider ending the relationship.
Women on the other hand were more forgiving, or less body demanding of their male partners. Only 7% said they would find their partner significantly less attractive if they were to gain weight.
Of the study, Dr. Tim Thurlings from SlimWeight Patch said: “A lot of people will find these results hard to take and with Britain getting fatter as a nation it’s surprising that weight gain can have such an impact on a person’s perceived attractiveness.”
I find this quote almost laughable.
It is no surprise to me that weight gain has an effect on a person’s perception of their partner’s attractiveness. It’s even less of a surprise to me that men are less forgiving of their female partners for gaining weight.
That Thurlings finds this news “surprising” seems like an incredibly insincere statement, especially given that the success of his business relies heavily on people favoring a slim body.
But don’t worry ladies, Thurlings has some last words of encouragement: “It can be easy to put on weight, particularly for women, so if your partner is shallow enough to ditch you then maybe you shouldn’t be with them in the first place.”
What do you think about the study? Surprised?
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