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Half of Men Would Dump a Girlfriend For Getting Fat 2011-07-28 12:05:13

Would You Dump Someone For Getting Fat? Your Boyfriend Might, Says Poll

Love conquers all, or so the saying goes. But for some men, love isn't enough to overlook weight gain. In AskMen's Great Male Survey of 2011 nearly half of the 70,000 men surveyed said they would "dump a girlfriend if she became fat." While a small majority (53 percent) of men surveyed said they would stick next to their woman's side if she jumped a few dress sizes, the poll results are still surprising. By comparison, only 20 percent of women said they would leave their man if he gained weight — maybe size really doesn't matter after all!

Keep in mind that the AskMen survey was particularly general; it didn't go into what "fat" really meant or ask if these men would try to motivate their partner to get active before dumping her. There was also no indication of whether their decision to dump was purely shallow or if they worried that their girlfriend being fat spoke to a larger emotional issue. Also, would these dudes hold themselves to the same standard? Regardless, this stat is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers.

Gaining weight can be an unwelcome symptom of being in a relationship — dinners out, extra couch time, and less time to exercise are all reasons why it happens. But is it a good enough reason to dump someone?

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Crazybabe72 Crazybabe72 6 years
That's a f*cking stupid reason to dump someone! Weight has NOTHING to do with love or a relationship. It's on the inside that counts.
ChoirSparkles ChoirSparkles 6 years
This is really ridiculous!! Guys gain weight, too!! Half of them look flippin' pregnant!! If a guy dumps you because gained some weight, screw 'em! Don't need that immature crap!!
radiowires radiowires 6 years
It would depend on the "why" rather than the "how many." I would not dump someone because they gained weight due to an illness, but if they gained weight because they suddenly decided they wanted to stop exercising and eat junk food all the time... that's a personality change as well.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
Hold up. "girlfriend means no attachment"? I don't even understand how you got there.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 6 years
my husband and I have actually had discussions about this. One of the reasons why we are such a great pair is because we both care about our health, staying in shape and being active. If one of us gained a lot of weight (our weight has fluctuated in the time we've been together, but not drastically) then something else would obviously be at play. If the person's attitude and personality changed somehow and they no longer cared about the same things we share as a couple, then that would probably make us re-evaluate the relationship. Thankfully though, neither of us see that happening any time in the future!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
"There was also no indication of whether.... they worried that their girlfriend being fat spoke to a larger emotional issue" Yeah.... that's not what they're worried about. Trust me on this one.
JoneyStar JoneyStar 6 years
I agree Hippo, girlfriend means no attachment. If it was a wife I am sure these same men would think differently. Most men if they are dating and just have a girlfriend and don't want a serious relationship that leads to marriage they choose girls for superficial reasons. So if she gains weight, no sweat dump her because she wasn't the girl I wanted to take home to mama anyway.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I think if someone is in love they would think differently.
cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
I can bet that half of these men are fat themselves. Why it is acceptable for men to gain a few pounds or love handles, but women aren't afforded the same? Surely, there is a difference between a few pounds and "fat." While health and a maintained body weight is important, it seems that health is not the primary concern or motivating factor for these men--it seems to be appearance.
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 6 years
And they specifically say "girlfriend" not "wife." Those two words are worlds apart.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
I think it really depends - number one on how much weight was gained- 50 pounds overweight is a lot different than 200. The latter would bother me more. But it also depends on WHY. If my guy gained weight because of a health condition, or a depression that zapped his energy, or a prescription side effect or something, that would be a *totally* different story than if he just gained weight because he went to KFC every night because he didn't care enough to limit himself.
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