Divorce drastically changes a number of things: living situations, family relations, and, you might assume, how you eat. A new study suggests that divorce wreak does indeed wreak havoc on diet, but only for men.
The results, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, showed that after the end of a marriage, women's diets don't change significantly, while some men's deteriorate so dramatically it could have clinical ramifications. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the study focused on how changes in marital status—including divorce, separation, and death of a spouse—affect the way they eat.
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The healthfulness of the participants' diet was measured by the amount and variety of vegetables and fruits eaten. The 11,577 participants between the ages of 40 and 80 were given diet assessments from 1993-1997 and again from 1998-2002. At the time of the first assessment, 89 percent of men and 78 percent of women were married. Over the next 4 years, 2.4 percent of men and 4.5 percent of women became separated, divorced, or widowed—the group from which the study drew their data.