Stop Smoking and Lose Weight

by Jenny Novac on April 2, 2013

People in relationships want their partners to stop smoking and lose weight at the same time

People when they are in relationships want their partners to stop smoking and lose weight at the same time in an effort to strengthen their health, as stated by a recent study.

Smoking Couple

Woman drinking and smoking a cigarette

More than half (60%) of people said that they would like their partner to lose weight, while almost eight in ten (80%) people with a partner who is a smoker said that they wish they would minimize or stop fully.

Showing credibility is the best plan, being sincere with their lover and asking them outright (59%) was the most popular method to help them alter their habits, based on statistics unveiled by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

There are almost 2.3 million people living with heart disease in the UK, and being obese raises the danger of developing it, while smokers have about a 60% greater possibility of dying from heart disease than non-smokers.

The statistics revealed it is not just small alterations people want to see in their partners – 45% of those who said they would like their partner to lose weight to improve health said they want their partner to lose at least a stone.

Of the 1,426 men and women in relationships asked to publicise Heart Matters – a free service offering support and practical suggestions to improve heart health – less than a quarter (20%) wanted their partner to sign off drinking.

Just 3% said they would usually encourage their partner for changing their habits, and less than 2% said they would endanger their lovers to alter.

Heart Matters is the BHF’s free membership system and offers data and support for people who are with or at risk of heart disease and their loved ones.

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