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The Difference Between Men's and Women's Eating Habits
August 15, 2005

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #040, August 15, 2005

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The Difference Between Men's and Women's Eating Habits

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Written by Noel McNaughton (c) copyright 2005


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men. I get a medical journal called The Journal of Men's Health and Gender. I am not a medical doctor, and I am not even sure how I got invited to subscribe when the journal launched a couple of years ago. Most of the content is pretty heavy slugging (academics are PONDEROUS writers), but there is sometimes some pretty interesting stuff hidden amongst the jargon. I thought you might be interested in the data on how men eat differently than women.

Hope you find this newsletter interesting and useful.

There are about 1300 words in the articles in this newsletter, which may take about five minutes to read.



Letter from a reader:

Hi Noel I would have thought you would have qualified your comments in the article about women calling you complaining about changes in their husbands by saying you had only gotten one side of the story.

I have heard it said that we become like the people we live with. To take an extreme example - maybe the woman has been a freeloader off the relationship all those years and the man has had enough.

I do agree about the cruel words part but sometimes enough is enough. I also agree about the women finding her own way. The man can not be expected to meet all her needs all the time. That is too much responsibility for one half of the relationship.

Let's see a bit of balance in your comments

Cheers Norman


The Difference Between Men's and Women's Eating Habits

I don't know about you, but when I want a snack, I want some meat. I don't want any puny little veggies or fruits. Sausage is always appealing, or some kind of cold cut. It turns out I am a pretty typical male.

A study reported in the latest issue of The Journal Of Men's Health And Gender says women eat more fruits, vegetables, cereals, milk and other dairy products and whole grain products, and men lean toward red meat, particularly pork, sausages, eggs, alcohol, and starchy foods such as potatoes and bread.

When it comes to sweet foods, men and women are about the same. The favourites of course are chocolate, ice cream, cakes, cookies and wafers.

Apparently the reasons for these differences in eating preferences are psychological and socio-cultural. In our society it is more ok for men to be a bit fat than for women, so women try harder not to gain weight. They know more about nutrition than men, and are more likely to practice 'restrained eating' (not eating as much as they would like).

Society also views fruits and vegetables more as 'feminine foods', and meat (representing strength and virility) as 'masculine food'.

We men generally eat for pleasure, and are not all that concerned about the nutritional value of what we eat. Women are more influenced by social norms in what they eat. They are generally less satisfied with their weight than men are, and are more likely to think they weigh more than they actually do. We men typically underestimate how much we weigh.

As far as health goes, men count on sports and exercise to stay healthy, whereas women depend more on diet and nutrition.

In spite of being more nutritionally aware, and eating 'healthier foods' (at least that's the way women see their food choices), the number of overweight men and women is about the same.

Men Are Apples, Women Are Pears

When it comes to being overweight, men tend to put it on around the middle - the stomach and organs - which is called visceral fat, so overweight men are shaped more like apples. Women accumulate fat around the hips and butt, and are shaped more like pears.

The bad news is that it is more dangerous to be an 'apple' than a 'pear'.

The good news is that it is easier to lose visceral fat than 'gynoid fat' (the kind women put on).

Either way, there are many advantages to losing weight. For example, losing 10 Kg. (a little more than twenty pounds):

  • reduces total mortality (chances of dying) by more than 20%
  • reduces tryglycerides (you don't want these accumulating in your blood) by more than 30%
  • reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol by 15%
  • increases HDL (good) cholesterol by 8%
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves lung function
  • reduces back pain

So there you go. We men don't eat right, but we enjoy our food more, and are no fatter than women.


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I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

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Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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