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THURSDAY, Feb.1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're determined to shed excess pounds, your partner may end up losing a few, too, new research shows.
The six-month study involved 130 cohabitating couples in which one partner was actively trying to lose weight. In about one-third of cases (32 percent), the other partner also lost 3 percent or more of their body weight, the findings showed.
That's enough to have a real benefit on the non-dieters' health, the investigators said.
"This study was the first to demonstrate that lifestyle programs for weight loss have effects beyond the person participating in these programs," said James Hill. He's professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a spokesman for The Obesity Society.
The study was funded by Weight Watchers, but the finding was the same whether the dieting partner was in that type of "guided" program or whether ...