The Weighty Decisions of A Newlywed

The Weighty Decisions of A Newlywed

As a newlywed dietitian, I made the commitment a while back to resist the common addition of newlywed pounds. But a recent study proved to me that keeping the weight off as a newlywed may not be as easy as I once imagined. An article recently published in the Obesity journal (Entry into Romantic Partnership is Associated with Obesity) indicates that newly married couples have double the risk of becoming obese within the first few years of marriage of unmarried individuals.

While men are more likely to gain weight over the first couple of years of marriage, women are more likely to continue putting on weight throughout their marriage. Another interesting finding is that married couples often end up having very similar BMI’s (a ratio of weight to height) after they have been married for a few years.

While following the same diet, trying out new foods, and similar activity levels might account for these changes, I maintain my goal to avoid newlywed weight gain. I will strive to continue to cook healthy meals for my new family and eat healthy portions of those meals.