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A new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion suggests that encouraging your partner to diet isn’t the best idea.
Researchers polled 1,200 people in relationships, asking if their significant other diets or encourages them to diet. Results show that 47 percent of people had partners who suggested they diet. But what's interesting is that the more dieting was encouraged, the more unhealthy their behaviors became. Those who were encouraged by a partner to diet wound up doing things like not eating, taking diet pills, or over-eating.
The trend was stronger when women were the ones being pressured to cut back. But men were more likely than women to report their partners encouraged them to eat less. If you are concerned about your partner’s weight, the recommendation is to discuss it emphasizing health rather than appearance.