How his unhealthy eating habits affect you too. By Sasha Gonzales
Reason enough to curb your man’s tendency to overeat. (Photo: karriezhu / www.pixabay.com)
Going out with a man who loves food is fun. What’s not to like about trying new dishes and restaurants, right?
According to a recent study by Cornell University, men eat significantly more food – unhealthy and healthy – when around women. The study was conducted over a two-week period at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet restaurant. It found that men ate 93 per cent more pizza (unhealthy food) and 86 per cent more salad (healthy food) in the company of women, than if their eating companions were guys. These findings suggest that men eat more in front of women to show off – that they can still remain healthy despite excessive overeating, say researchers.
While the same study showed the amount eaten by women didn’t change when they dined with either men or women, many of the female participants felt they had overeaten in male company. Over the long term though, if your guy always orders too much food when you eat out together, there’s a chance that you might feel obliged to clean your plate too. The consequence: Weight gain and the problems associated with it, such as an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Susie Rucker, a nutritional therapist at Body With Soul suggests exercising restraint, particularly when you are sharing many dishes. Or, simply insist that he order less. “You may also wish to have something light before leaving the house. That way, you won’t arrive at the restaurant half-starved and tempted to order everything on the menu, or eat everything that’s in front of you. Pigging out once in a while is okay, but if you and your boyfriend eat like this a few times a week, you have to exert some self-control.”
Another way to avoid temptation: Portion out a healthy serving for yourself and ask for the remaining to be packed for takeaway.
Alternatively, if your man is a fussy eater, Susie suggests making healthy dishes more visually appealing or substituting unhealthy foods for healthier ones. For example, instead of fries, make baked sweet potato wedges drizzled with coconut oil, or serve quinoa instead of rice. Boring green salads can also be dressed up with prawns and a variety of coloured and crunchy vegetables (think bell peppers and baby corn).