Healthy Habits of One Partner Can Impact the Other Partner

BY Rachel Cagle
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"People who make an effort to lose weight can help their partner do the same, according to a study published online Feb. 1, 2018, by Obesity and covered by Harvard Health Publishing."

According to AudienceSCAN, 41.5% of adults in the U.S. consider themselves Weight Loss Seekers. Roughly 51.8% are married and 5.5% are single, but cohabiting with a significant other.

"The study tracked the weight-​loss progress of 130 couples over six months. The couples were divided into two groups. In one group, one member of the couple was enrolled in a Weight Watchers program that provided in-​person counseling and online tools to assist with weight loss. In the second group, one member of the couple received a four-​page handout with information on ways to lose weight, like healthy eating, exercise, and weight-​control strategies."

"Over six months, 32% of spouses not assigned to a weight loss program in both groups lost 3% or more of their body weight — which is considered a measurable health benefit. The study also found that the rate at which couples lost weight was interlinked — if one member lost weight at a steady pace, the person's partner did too. Likewise, if one person struggled to lose weight, so did the partner."

While this group is 53% more likely than other adults to plan to purchase diet/​weight loss counseling (such as Weight Watchers) this year, according to AudienceSCAN, Weight Loss Seekers' goals aren't planned to be met through exercise alone. About 28.9% of these consumers also plan to purchase vitamins and nutritional supplements and 65.5% set goals to eat better within the next year.

"The researchers speculated that those who were successful at losing weight created a "ripple effect," in which their partners were able to adopt many of the new healthy habits, too."

While Weight Loss Seekers are working out on the home exercise/​fitness equipment they're 24% more likely to buy than other adults this year. Over 52% of them can be reached by TV ads while they're watching their local news, according to AudienceSCAN. Last year, 61.2% of these consumers took action after seeing TV commercials. Another 58.6% also took action after receiving ads and coupons in their mailboxes last year.

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