Men are more nutrition-conscious

June 18, 1992|By McClatchy News Service

Men aged 25 to 49 are more concerned about nutrition than they were just one year ago, according to an American Dietetic Association survey.

Seventy-one percent of men in this age group told researchers they consider nutrition a "top priority," a jump from 59 percent in ADA's 1991 survey. And 87 percent expressed at least some concern about nutrition, up from 80 percent last year.

However, men between the ages of 50 and 64 reported less concern about nutrition than a year ago (72 percent vs. 89 percent in 1991).

Health maintenance and disease prevention were cited as top reasons for eating right by more than one-third of all respondents. Other reasons include weight control, personal appearance and improved energy.

More than one-fourth of the respondents said they have been eating less fat during the past year -- a step only 14 percent cited in 1991.

Men with questions about eating right can call a hotline -- (800) 366-1655 -- operated by ADA's National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics.

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