Every marriage has it’s own unique set of issues that each couple must conquer in order to succeed, and among these is how weight gain can affect the relationship you have with your spouse. In modern society it is perfectly normal to put on a few pounds as we age, but an excessive amount of weight gain can impact nearly every aspect of life if examined closely enough, and marriage and family are the most important. Once the relationship you have with your spouse is altered in a negative manner it can be incredibly difficult to repair, if at all, and the loss of the weight that caused the initial set of issues may prove to be too little too late in restoring a bond that has been damaged or broken.
Regardless of which spouse has gained the weight, weight gain can affect the relationship you have with your spouse by the accompanying lack of energy that comes along with a sedentary lifestyle change. Physical activities that were formerly enjoyed together as a couple may suddenly become a thing of the past, or may be activities that are now performed as an individual. The relationship you have with your spouse may suffer for the lack of common ground on which to bond and communicate, and a married couple may feel themselves separating emotionally by degrees due to the weight gain. Instead of looking forward to time that was previously spent together as a couple, the marriage may now consist of two individuals who exist separate from one another and function on different levels.
Weight gain can affect the relationship you have with your spouse in an especially negative manner when a couple has children, who may suddenly see a reduction in family interaction due to a parent’s excessive weight gain. Health issues associated with obesity and the dysfunction of the family unit as a whole may affect the relationship you have with your spouse due the constant concessions that must be made to accommodate an overweight spouse. This is in many cases followed by either a great deal of disharmony in the marriage or a reduction in the quality and frequency of communication.
In the final analysis, weight gain can affect the relationship you have with your spouse only if you allow it to become a dominant trait in your marriage. To address the issue of weight gain quickly and responsibly through good communication and simple respect will ensure that the problem will be minimal, and corrective measures will be undertaken as a team.