`Love is fattening for women`

Melbourne: Love is fattening for women,
says a new study.

Researchers at the University of Queensland have
carried out the study and found that marriage and babies might
make women happy, but they can also pile on the kilos.

The study, tracking the weight of 6458 Australian
women over 10 years, found that childless women in their late
20s and 30s who were married or living with their partner put
on more weight than single women, the media reported.

Add a baby to that equation and the weight goes
up again -- about 9.2 kilograms over a decade. The study found
that the childless-but-living-with-a -man group gained so much
- an average of seven kilos - while single women without kids
put on the least 4.9 kilogrammess.

"What we don`t know is why partnering is having
an effect on women`s weight. But other research suggests that
when couples live together, their eating habits often change
to accommodate each other," study leader Annette Dobson said.

Added Prof Wendy Brown: "It may also be that you make
more of an effort with meals. You might have dessert as well
as a main course, and you might drink more alcohol."

Whatever the reason, Dobson and Brown want women to
know that living with a partner and having a child can both be
major triggers for weight gain.

Queenslander Helen Hobbs was a trim 23-year-old with a
routine of walks or runs along the beach with the friends with
whom she shared a house. But when she moved in with partner,
James, four years ago, the change in her lifestyle soon
changed her dress size.

"I gained six kilos. The difference was that instead
of going for walks after work, I`d sit around with James and
we`d talk and have some red wine and antipasto and cheese,"
she said.



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