Nutrition has more to do with marital status than you think. Research reveals how divorced men find it difficult to eat in a balanced way. Already they, nutritionally speaking, do not miss them at all.
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Ending a relationship is not easy.
And the damage goes beyond feelings.
A study by the Cambridge University Center for Diet and Activity Research found that men's diets “deteriorate” after divorce.
Previous research has focused efforts to understand how marriage affects the diet of the couple's members.
But until then little was known about how changes in marital status affect one's nutrition.
The survey investigated 11,577 participants, aged 40 to 80 years.
Data were collected from health assessments submitted from 1993 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2002.
Researchers assessed participants' health by the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables consumed in their diets.
On both occasions, everyone answered how much they ate regularly from a list of 11 fruits and 26 vegetables.
At the first health check, 89% of men and 78% of women were married.
After 3.6 years, 2.4% of men and 4.5% of women were separated, divorced or widowed.
Compared to men who remained married, those who broke up alone reduced their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables throughout the study by about 25%.
Their diets have also become less varied.
Changes in women's diets were not statistically significant.
Reduced consumption of fresh produce has been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
And poor diets are associated with type 2 diabetes.
The study was published on the scientific website. Science Direct.