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Gender Affects Ideas of Weight Control

Posted by Nirmala N.

A University of Nebraska study confirmed that in college, female students are much more likely than males to diet. When males tended to try to shed pounds, they opted for exercise more consistently, while females preferred dieting methods. Women were more likely to try trend diets, such as low-fat, low-carb, and vegetarianism. Nearly 80 percent of men said they'd never tried a diet at all, compared to 65.6 percent of women. Women mainly received nutritional info from family, magazines, and newspapers, while men did so on a much smaller scale. Women were also much more likely to limit fats, sugar, and carb intake than men, and they also consistently opined that they needed to lose weight. According to the study's authors, "Though men have some sensitivity to body fat, women are much more sensitive."
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