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Is Your Boyfriend Making You Fat? Long-Term Relationships Revealed As Number One Reason For Weight Gain

From romantic dinners a deux to cosy evenings spent watching TV and munching popcorn on the sofa, spending time with your other half can be a calorific affair.

Now, a new survey has revealed that being in a relationship is the single biggest cause of weight gain - superseding more obvious causes such as overindulging on holiday or comfort eating after a break-up.

62 per cent of those polled said they gained up to one stone after committing to a relationship, with just under three quarters saying they thought their partner had gained weight too.Two thirds of the couples surveyed said that they have put on weight together.

Portion size is the main cause of the problem for women, with more than half of the women asked saying they regularly match what their male partner eats.

As a result, 56 per cent said this meant they ate portions of a far larger size than normal, which contributed to them piling on the pounds.

Another 20 per cent said that eating out as a couple formed the bulk of their time spent together.

But although food forms a major part of time spent as a couple, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they would like to be healthier, with over a tenth attempting to cut down on the amount they eat and drink with their partner.

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