|Plans: People who suddenly start fighting the flab while they're in an apparently steady relationship are secretly preparing to drop their other halves, a study claims. [Agencies]|
A new study claims that people who suddenly start fighting the flab while they're in steady relationships are secretly preparing to drop their other halves, Daily Mail reported.
Happy couples don't worry about their expanding waistlines because there is less pressure to look attractive, sociologists claim.
University of Heidelberg professor Thomas Klein said the warning signs could include a sudden obsession with the gym or getting involved in sports and diets.
"When you are on the lookout for a new partner people try to be as thin and attractive as possible," Klein said.
Consequently, when one half in a relationship starts slimming down, it can be interpreted as "preparing for the partner market."（点击英国《每日邮报》查看原文）
(China.org.cn December 1, 2011)