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Will losing weight change your relationship?

When summer's heat and humidity come on, heavy clothes come off. As we remove the layers that kept us warm in winter - and hid our extra pounds - many of us don't like what we see, and we resolve to lose weight. Losing weight can make us healthier and improve the quality of our lives. It can also have an impact on our most intimate relationships.

Even in small amounts, weight loss affects self-esteem, activity levels and lifestyle - all of which can either improve or stress a marriage and other intimate bonds.

According to a study published in the

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