Did you know who you are married to, who you are dating or even who you are friends with can have a lot to do with your weight and health practices? The wedding world in general has shown me that there's lots of pressure on brides to take dangerous measures to lose weight and it's totally socially acceptable (Gag). But now we're seeing new studies that show husbands are more likely to be overweight in general. Also, not okay but seemingly socially accepted. In retrospect, I'm now kind of glad I chose a minor in college of Family Studies. Food, health and relationships kind of ended up being my thing in a big way. Pretty useful.

A large January 2014 study from the journal of Families, Systems and Health  looked at "whether being in a committed relationship is protective for day-to-day health behaviors such as dietary patterns and physical activity". So here's what they found: married men were more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their unmarried counterparts. Interestingly, they also found that physical activity and eating habits were unrelated to relationship status. Not what you would expect based on the results The take away is that findings are suggesting being married may be a risk factor for overweight/obesity in men....but my take is that it depends on who you're in a relationship with.

If you both make health a priority, you can help each other develop those healthy habits along the way. Here are 5 ways you can start today:

  1. Schedule a daily walk or run together. I hate to run. Hate. But hiking or walking around our town and snapping pictures? Totally in. It's a great way to spend time away from screens and get on the move.
  2. Split meals when dining out. Restaurant portions are totally out of whack. They're too much meat or too much grain. Not enough veggies. Too big. Have one person order a veggie dense dish, the other order a regular dish, and split them to balance. 
  3. Learn to cook together. Cooking at home is way healthier for you and your wallet in the long run. Take classes together! You can find them in lots of places. Just Google.
  4. Go to the farm market on Saturday. Half the battle of staying healthy is stocking your house with healthy options. Get local. Get seasonal. Take advantage of the produce near you! 
  5. Get organized. You're more likely to eat healthy foods when you can see them. Make healthy snacks readily available and store them in clear containers in the fridge. Desserts? Packaged foods? Freeze the desserts or store packed foods in a bin in the pantry. 

Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.