Thursday, May 24, 2012

'Forcing men on diet makes them fatter’

LONDON: Men forced on to healthier diets by their spouses often gain weight, as they continue to eat loads of food away from home, a new research has found.

Researchers at University of Michigan School of Public Health in the US found that wives rarely consult with husbands before "putting" them on a healthier diet.

Only couples who negotiate a new "healthy" diet make progress. Otherwise, after three or four nights of a low-fat meal, men tend to slink off to an all-you-can-eat buffet , they found.

It's just easier to "pretend" to diet to maintain a happy home, said study author Derek Griffith. "The key to married men adopting a healthier diet is for couples to discuss and negotiate the new, healthier menu changes as a team," he was quoted as saying.

Griffith said physicians can help by recognising that wives play a central role in what men eat at home.

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