Forcing husbands to eat a healthy diet at home may not prevent them from putting on excess weight after a new study found that married men often indulge in junk food when away from home.
The study was carried out by researchers at University of Michigan School of Public Health who found that wives often decide the diets without any consultation with their husbands who often go ahead with it just to keep the peace at home. However once they are out of the house, they often eat loads of junk food, thus negating the diet.
The researchers added in the report, published in the journal Health Psychology, that instead of simply forcing a specific diet, the better way would be to hold discussions and negotiate with the husbands. Such a step would not only see them eat a healthy diet at home, but also stay away from junk food outside.
"The key to married men adopting a healthier diet is for couples to discuss and negotiate the new, healthier menu changes as a team. Doctors could suggest that men have a tactful conversation with their wives in a way that ensures the husbands aren't sleeping on the couch that night", lead researcher Professor Derek Griffith said.