Health Watch - Food and Feelings: Newlywed Weight

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the link between food and feelings. We often reach for comfort foods in times of stress, while the right foods can help us cope with stress or perform better. Sometimes, the people we live with can also affect the way we eat.

It’s not just an old wives’ tale or urban legend. Married people are more likely to gain more weight than single people. After the wedding, the pounds start piling on, but doctors don’t really know why. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says couples have an advantage when it comes to losing that extra weight because they have a built-in support system. Newlyweds also usually have a lot of kitchen gadgets they got as wedding presents. Cooking together at home can allow couples to create nutritious meals that are less expensive and lower in calories than restaurant meals. Look for recipes designed to feed two people so you can avoid the temptation of extra helpings.


July 2011

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