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Is your partner making you fat?

Whether you’ve met recently or been together for years, food feuds can make or break a relationship. Dietitian Juliette Kellow looks at how to improve your food compatibility

MONEY HABITS, POLITICAL OPINIONS AND PARENTING STYLES can cause conflicts between partners. But arguing over food truly has the power to destroy a relationship.

When we first meet someone, food preferences and habits may not seem that important. But the F word can become a focal point in a relationship, mainly because eating is such an integral part of life and something we do several times a day. It’s great if you both feel the same about food and mealtimes – you love eating out or cooking, for example. But it can cause major problems when two people are food poles apart.

It’s not just a problem for new relationships, either. While a couple may be in food sync at the start of a love affair, diet beliefs and eating habits may evolve, leaving one partner heading off in a new direction – going on a ‘health-food kick’ in response to a medical problem or becoming vegetarian because they’re worried about the planet, for example – while the other stays firmly put.

So here’s my advice on how to tackle some common conundrums and be food lovers rather than fighters.

FOOD FEUD #1

You don’t buy unhealthy snacks, but they’re always armed with ‘treats’

Crisps, biscuits and chocolate aren’t part of your weekly shop but your partner regularly comes home with them – and when they’re in the house, you can’t resist tucking in.

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