We have always been told that beauty is on the inside, that love is more than the physical.
But is this really the case? Is it really important to have a good body in a romantic relationship? A recent study seems to indicate that it is, at least in the case of men, since 94% of them would leave your partner if she gained weight.
Being overweight negatively affects the relationship
The study was conducted by the PnK® method of PronoKal Group®, an organization dedicated to the multidisciplinary treatment of weight loss. The study involved 150 Spanish subjects interviewed on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
The professionals of this company wanted to know how Spaniards think about obesity and overweight and what consequences this condition has on married life. Some of the questions asked to what extent this fact affects or does not affect relationships and what effect does being overweight have on getting a romantic partner.
75% of respondents said that their partner’s overweight negatively affects their relationship, and participants explained that the problem is mainly low self-esteem, 52%, sexual problems, 31% and problems having children , 16%.
Most men would quit their partner if they gained weight, but women don’t.
But, Is being overweight a good enough reason to leave the couple? According to the men interviewed, this is the case. Up to 94 percent of men shared this belief. Which seems to make it clear that the physique, in the case of men, is very important when it comes to having a romantic relationship with someone.
And in the case of women, what happens? Well according to the women who answered the study’s questions, Only 6% would leave your partner if you gained weight. Very disparate data.
In terms of attraction, are the tastes so different between men and women?
But are the tastes so different between men and women in terms of tastes when it comes to having a partner? Well, it seems so, according to different research.
One example is a study conducted by the University of British Columbia (USA) that was published in the American Psychological Association Journal. According to the research results, for men, women who smile more are very attractive. However, in the case of women, the results were quite the opposite. For them, the men considered to be the most attractive are those who show a more serious trait and smile less.
Plus, a recent study seems to indicate that men prefer them more silly and thoughtless. This is contrary to what many experts claim, who say that women, when it comes to having a romantic partner, value intelligence more than men. This is called sapiosexuality.
To learn more about sapiosexual people, you can read our article: “Sapiosexual: feeling attracted to intelligence”
Relationships make you fat
Surely you have known someone who after starting a relationship has gained remarkable weight. And do some people, after finding their orange half, start new habits and behaviors. Some of these habits are related to eating habits, that is, the way we eat. This led the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO) to conduct research on the relationship between being in a relationship or single and the impact of this on the tendency to be overweight.
No more or less than 2,314 subjects participated in their study, the vast majority of whom were middle-aged women (between 31 and 40 years old). 81% of participants said the relationship made them gain weight.
The results show an average weight gain of 4.5 kg when you have a well-established relationship. According to the participants themselves, the cause could be that when you are single you control your eating habits to have a more attractive image. On the other hand, once in a relationship, this habit loses its importance and tends to gain weight.
How important is being overweight to finding a stable partner?
As concluded by the study conducted by PronoKal Group®. this study confirms that 73% of those polled think that being overweight has a negative impact on the search for a stable partner, but only 38% say that it is still so important when it comes to maintaining a consolidated relationship.
In contrast, 42% admit that when single they try to take more care of their diet, and 24% peck less when single. In addition, 47% of respondents say they bite harder right after finishing their partner.
You can read more about these results in our article: “Love makes you fat, at least that’s what it seems”