Eating a healthy balanced diet is vital for all-round good health and although women try to keep their husbands on a healthy food track, the majority of married men tend to binge on unhealthy foods when away from home.
Derek Griffith, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, explained: “The key to married men adopting a healthier diet is for couples to discuss and negotiate the new, healthier menu changes as a team.”
After conducting focus groups with 83 African-American men, the researchers found that the majority of wives did not consult with their husbands when trying to help them eat a healthier balanced diet.
According to the researchers, even though the healthier diet was often ordered by a physician, the men often disliked the food changes, but did not object to it in order to avoid an argument.
Rather than having a say in what they ate, the researchers found that men were more focused on maintaining a happy home.
Griffith notes that couples only seemed to negotiate healthy food choices in order to benefit their children.
In addition, the researchers found that some men would binge on unhealthy foods at all-you-can-eat buffets in order to avoid eating the same bland meals at home.
“I think at dinner a lot of men are eating healthier, but they compensate for the dissatisfaction of not eating what they want by making unhealthier choices outside the home.”
Wives play a vital role in what their husbands consume at home, say the researchers.
Griffith concluded: “Doctors could suggest that men have a tactful conversation with their wives in a way that ensures the husbands aren’t sleeping on the couch that night.”
Written By Grace Rattue