New Study: Single People Weigh Less.

A new study provides evidence for the "fat and happy" phenomenon.

You’ve probably heard the expression “fat and happy” to describe people in long-term relationships.

The idea is pretty simple: Because these individuals are no longer on the dating market, their outward appearance becomes less important. They’ve found a mate, and so they don’t think twice about eating the extra slice of pizza or cake. Eventually, those calories and pounds add up. At least, that’s the theory.

According to Thomas Klein, a German professor who studies the link between happiness and body weight, it’s true. Klein’s researchers studied 2,000 people between the ages of 16 and 55 and found that single people, on average, weighed less than their committed counterparts. Klein concluded: “In a happy partnership, people tend to get fat.”

Researchers also discovered that when one partner abruptly loses weight, it can be an indication that he or she is readying themselves for the dating market – and preparing to end the existing relationship. Of course, this isn’t always the case; a renewed interest in fitness can be influenced by a number of factors.

For me, the takeaway is that many of us need to rethink fitness.

Yes, exercise and nutrition can transform your body in a way that others may find attractive. But the more important reasons to exercise – like increased energy, improved overall health, disease prevention, longevity, better sleep, etc. – run much deeper.

There’s nothing wrong with exercising to look good, but the superficial benefits of exercise pale in comparison to the real ways that it can transform your life.

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  1. Then,I must be VERY MARRIED!!

  2. I personally believe that this doesn’t fall for everyone. Maybe I’m too young and naive, however, if I am happy with someone I will make sure I look good for them so I can still be “hot” lol.

  3. Three years ago I went from 225 lbs and a 38 inch waist to 32 inch waist and 170… all to be attractive…I got attention…but it was all for the wrong reasons..which made me feel even worse..and started obsessively working out..not eating at all..then wore myself down and gained 30 lbs of fat.
    The secret..for me anyway..was that I was losing it for all the wrong reasons..and our countries obsession with the aesthetically pleasing is self destructive. I work out for mr..I eat healthy to BE healthy..any other reason is useless.

  4. OMG imagine waking up one day and looking over and thing, these are not the abs I married I need a divorce lawyer. I would appear fitness and weight watching be a shared interest and bases for the relationship then bate just to find one. No wonder divorce rate is so high…

  5. Or your partner is just a really amazing cook.

  6. Dale Rodgie says:

    I’m single and I’ve lost 20kg (44lbs) in the last 10 weeks. I must be looking for a man ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. christopher says:

    well-ive told my short story before on this in my 50s-and have lost over 75lbs.i workout daily-walk dogs-treadmill-and workout daily at a local fitness noticed and am dateable.younger guys i know notice and seem to be more interested in me and my youre single-youre still in the dating pool.