Every Arizona resident knows that the timeframe after the end of a marriage can be full of stress and disruption. It takes time to settle into a new routine and to rebuild a life that is based on one's own goals and priorities, and not those of a partner. One recent study looked at how men and women fare in their nutrition habits after a divorce, and found that men may have a particularly hard time adjusting to fending for themselves in the kitchen.
The study involved more than 11,500 survey respondents between the ages of 40 and 80. They were asked questions about their marital status, as well as their nutritional habits. Participants were surveyed during two different periods of time, and were asked to report on their consumption of various fruits and vegetables.
Researchers found that when men went through a divorce, their intake of fruits and vegetables declined nearly 25 percent, as compared to their eating habits while married. Divorced men also exhibited less variety in their daily diets, compared to the female respondents. In fact, females who went through a divorce showed little change in their eating patterns.
This may be due to the fact that many "traditional" gender roles still apply in American households. Women still take care of most of the meal planning, shopping and food preparation in many homes. Men may handle some of the duties in the kitchen, but often play more of a supporting role. It may be the case that when a divorce takes place, men in Arizona and across the nation struggle to take over the chores associated with preparing and serving a healthy meal.
Source: Fox News, "Male nutrition declines after divorce while females aren't affected", May 24, 2016