Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Ripple Effect of a Nationally Available Weight Management Program on Untreated Spouses

Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Ripple Effect of a Nationally Available Weight Management Program on Untreated Spouses

Researchers have found that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight, the chances are good their partner will lose weight too, even if they are not actively participating in a weight loss intervention.

The study followed 130 couples—defined as partners living together—for six months, during which one person in each relationship followed a weight loss program. The couples were divided into two groups. In the first group, one partner in each couple joined an organized weight loss program, with access to targeted counseling and dedicated online tools.

In the other, one partner in each couple was given a handout with advice about healthy diet, exercise, and strategies for weight management. This “self-guided” group received no further guidance.

The findings showed that the untreated partners of both groups who had not been directly participating in the weight loss program or given the weight management handouts had also lost weight, alongside their significant others.

“When one person changes their behavior, the people around them change,” said the study’s lead investigator, University of Connecticut Professor Amy Gorin, qualifying this tendency as a “ripple effect.” “How we change our eating habits can affect others in both positive and negative ways. On the positive side, spouses might emulate their partner’s behaviors and join them in counting calories, weighing themselves often, and eating lower-fat foods.”

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