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Lasting weight loss requires a committed effort to follow a healthy
eating plan, exercise regularly, create positive thinking skills and
construct a supportive environment. Yet, tackling weight loss as a solo
event may overlook the benefits that come with including others,
especially family members.
Research shows that weight loss can provide health benefits not only
for the individual working to shed excess pounds but also for the
Benefits to the One Losing Weight
Participating in a weight-loss program with a spouse or partner has been
shown to increase the effectiveness of the program.1
Specifically, spouse or partner involvement can lead to greater weight
loss.2 Participation also fosters a supportive environment.
In one study, those husbands who participated in their wives'
weight-loss program were more accurate in observing changes in eating
habits and provided greater help compared to non-involved husbands.3
Sustained weight loss has been linked to continued participation in a
weight-management program. And researchers have found that the frequency
of a person's attendance at such programs is enhanced by being married,
among other factors.4
Benefits for Family Members
Being supportive of a spouse's or partner's weight-loss effort can
result in health benefits for the person providing the support – even
if weight loss is not a goal.
In a study of husbands whose wives were following a low-fat diet as
part of a research project, the men were found to eat less butter,
margarine, eggs and red meat over a six-month period. The end result was
that these men consumed fewer fat calories (as did their wives) than
their counterparts who did not have a spouse in the intervention
The positive lifestyle changes necessary for sustained weight loss
are more likely to occur if they are undertaken in a family-oriented
approach. In one study working to improve the eating and exercise
patterns in Mexican-American families, the greatest improvement (i.e.,
weight loss) was seen when education was provided in a group setting
that included all family members.6
1Black DR, Gleser LJ, Kooyers KJ. A
meta-analytic evaluation of couples weight-loss programs.Health
2McLean N, Griffin S, Toney K, Hardeman W. Family
involvement in weight control, weight maintenance and weight-loss
interventions: a systematic reviews of randomized trials. Int J Obes
Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Sep;27(9):987-1005.
3Rosenthal B, Allen GJ, Winter C. Husband
involvement in the behavioral treatment of overweight women: initial
effects and long-term follow-up. Int J Obes. 1980;4(2):165-73.
4Fitzwater SL, Weinsier RL, Wooldridge NH, Birch R, Lui C,
Bartolucci AA. Evaluation
of long-term weight changes after a multidisciplinary weight control
program.J AM Diet Assoc. 1991 Apr;91(4):421-6,429.
5White E, Hurlich M, Thompson RS, Woods MN, Henderson MN,
Urban N, Kristal A. Dietary
changes among husbands of participants in a low-fat dietary
intervention. Am J Prev Med. 1991 Sept-Oct;7(5):319-25.
6Foreyt JP, Ramirez AG, Cousns JH. Cuidando
El Corazon – a weight-reduction intervention for Mexican Americans.
1991 Jun;53(6 Suppl):1639S-1641S.