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African-American Men Quietly Endure Healthier Diet At Home, But Splurge When Away

May 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A focus-group study of 83 African-American men has found that most will put up with healthier dietary changes at home to keep the peace, but will often overindulge on foods they like when they’re away from the house. The majority of men interviewed in focus groups said their wives did not consult with them before imposing a healthier diet. But to avoid conflict, the men acquiesced in the changes to maintain a happy home. According to one of the researchers, men “compensate for the dissatisfaction of not eating what they want by making unhealthier choices outside the home."
Julie Ober Allen et al., " “She Looks out for the Meals, Period”: African American Men's Perceptions of How Their Wives Influence Their Eating Behavior and Dietary Health", Health Psychology, May 22, 2012, © American Psychological Association
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