Tip­ping the scales

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Los­ing weight may not just ben­e­fit your own health – it might ben­e­fit your part­ner’s too. A study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Obe­sity found when one per­son in a re­la­tion­ship fol­lows a weight loss regime, their ef­forts cre­ate a ‘rip­ple ef­fect’ that sees their part­ner lose weight too. In the study, 130 cou­ples were fol­lowed for six months, and re­searchers found part­ners lost weight at around the same rate, and if one strug­gled to lose weight, so did the other. Lead au­thor Amy Gorin says, “Whether the pa­tient works with their health­care provider, joins a com­mu­nity-based, life­style ap­proach like Weight Watch­ers, or tries to lose weight on their own, their new healthy be­hav­iours can ben­e­fit oth­ers in their lives.”

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