Chubby Hubby: It’s Not a Myth


What was once an anecdote is supported by mounting evidence: we really do ‘let ourselves go’ when we’re in a relationship.

Cozying up on the couch with Netflix and a pizza. Intimate dinners complete with wine and dessert. Lazy Sunday mornings with bagels and the newspaper.

Of course you’re getting fat.

There are some very real logistical changes that can come with coupledom. There could be changes in sleep patterns, busier schedules that don’t allow for workouts, and different forms of socializing, all of which contribute to weight gain. But mostly, you’re simply eating more.

For women, Lean Cuisine, entree salads, and yogurt become a thing of your single gal past. You’re eyeballing portions differently, filling plates to manly proportions. And you men, you’re taking the opportunity to clean not just your plate but hers as well.

Then there are the psychological factors.

You can look in the mirror all you want, but when you’re in a relationship, it’s all about the reflected gaze of your partner—who loves you. Subtle, gradual body changes tend to go unnoticed for a while. By the time reality catches up with image, looking good often takes a backseat to the details of your shared lives: home, money, work, expenses, kids, family.

And let’s be honest; you really aren’t trying as hard as you once did. As the anniversaries pile up, the motivation declines.

The greater the commitment the greater the weight gain.

The bottom line is this: five years in, a cohabitating couple is twice as likely to become obese as a couple that’s simply dating, but a married couple’s obesity odds increase threefold. The average total weight gain for married couples is 15 pounds– more if there are children. Divorce and you tend to return to your pre-marriage weight or less.

Married couples might weigh more but they also smoke less and live longer.

Can we just call them ‘happy pounds’?


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10 Responses to Chubby Hubby: It’s Not a Myth

  1. Happy pounds…adorable:) Interesting post…

  2. Janice says:

    At least the baby weight is gone. My kids are 19 and 22. i think I have to start calling it something else.

  3. Spice Sherpa says:

    Happy pounds! 🙂 I love it. What about those of us who are back to are original pre-marriage weight but have discovered that after having kids it’s all rearranged on your body? Blah.

  4. Janice says:

    I have a few of those happy pounds as well. Instead of wearing my heart on my sleeve, I wear them on my hips.

  5. Jan says:

    Hmmm…I am apparently extraordinarily, ecstatically happy.

  6. Rick says:

    I’ll call them happy pounds! Or happy piggies.

  7. Hilarious. Been happily married 11 years and doing ok with my weight. The treadmill and I are good friends!

  8. Hmmm, divorce, tends to return to pre-marriage weight or less? I think I like that.(just kidding). Cute post, thank you for sharing.

  9. Happy pounds sounds so much better. Thanks! LOL

  10. Sam says:

    ‘happy pounds’

    too funny, too true.

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