Physical Implications of Unhealthy Relationships for Women

By Mae Davies / August 24, 2015
Physical Implications of Unhealthy Relationships for Women
Being in an unhealthy relationship is never easy. Aside from the emotional and mental anguish that it can give, it can also pose a lot of physical problems when continued in the long run. What women sometimes fail to realize is that unhealthy relationships can also cause health issues and even certain forms of diseases.  Here are some of them:


Weight loss

Even though there are a lot of people who tend to eat more when experiencing relationship problems, there are those who also tend to suffer from weight loss. Weight loss can be attributed to the stress that one experiences when being in a toxic relationship. Stress can make women lose their appetite. Some may even skip more than two meals a day because of this. There are also those who tend to feel ill when ingesting food. They may even go as far as feeling nauseous minutes after eating and eventually vomit out everything that they have just ingested. This can lead to other diseases such as heartburn, ulcers, and severe stomach hyperacidity.

Obesity and Bloating

When it comes to the consequences of having unhealthy habits, two of the most common ones include obesity and bloating. Obesity can be caused by overeating or not watching the quality of food that you eat, which is more likely when you are in an unhealthy relationship with someone. The development of this bad habit can also cause the population of bad bacteria in your stomach to increase, which means that you would be more prone to bloating. These conditions can cause extreme stomach discomfort, which can even prohibit you from carrying on with your normal daily tasks.

unhealthy relationshipsHigh blood pressure

Another inevitable consequence of being stressed all the time or at a constant pace is developing hypertension or high blood pressure. In order to accommodate the stress that your body is feeling and to fulfill the body’s increased clamor for nutrients and oxygen, it increases blood circulation throughout your body. This increase leads you to develop high blood pressure. Being in an unhealthy relationship for women can thus lead to developing unhealthy habits, which can increase your risk for developing hypertension.

Heart problems

Having hypertension increases the likelihood of developing many types of heart diseases, including chronic cardiovascular diseases and heart murmurs. Considering that these conditions can also be caused by regular exposure to stress, women in unhealthy relationships tend to be at a higher risk for developing these heart problems than others.

Slower recovery

Because of the degradation of your physical health, your organs will not be able to function properly. This will make it harder for your body to recover from illnesses and to prevent them as well. This inability will make you more prone to certain diseases and infections since your immune system will not function well either.

Being and staying in an unhealthy relationship won’t do you any good. Considering that unhealthy relationships for women can cause other more life-threatening diseases, staying out of one should be the priority of all women. Don’t be fooled with the mentality of being the “savior” of your partner. Don’t make it your life-long mission to change your partner to the point of staying and committing to an unhealthy relationship. Once you recognize that you’re slowly diving into an unhealthy relationship, get out now and get out fast.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.