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Health Alert: Relationship Study on Losing Weight

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- If you are trying to lose weight in the new year, should you encourage your spouse to do the same thing?

Well not according to a study which comes to us from the American Journal of Public Health.

While it certainly doesn't hurt to get some exercise together maybe at the TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, researchers in this report found more than half of those who go on a diet encourage their spouse to diet with them.  But researchers found this can backfire.

It appears the spouse can feel like you are being ultra critical of them.  They also found it may encourage your spouse to do things in hiding, like eat foods they think you might not approve of them eating.

What they did suggest, is that good health habits are contagious and that means that it's likely if you start to cook better you will both eat better, or if you start working out your spouse will too.

They suggest, however; you make the changes you want to make on your own and let your partner decide what is right for them.




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