Nagging About Diets Can Backfire
Despite good intentions, encouraging a significant other to diet can have unintended consequences. Researchers asked nearly 1,300 young adults in relationships about whether their partner had dieted or suggested that the person surveyed lose weight. Both behaviors were linked to a greater risk of disordered eating (such as binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and diet pill use) in men and women, but being encouraged to lose weight had the greatest effect. Binge eating, for instance, almost doubled among women whose significant others urged dieting “very much” compared with those who weren’t encouraged to lose weight at all. The bottom line: Instead of harping on your partner’s weight, help him or her get healthy by working out together or cooking a nutritious meal.
Source: American Journal of Health Promotion, July/August 2013