No one can say for sure whether men are fatter or more overweight than women. Men and women gain weight differently when exposed to different conditions.
There is a link between gender and weight gain. Men burn off more calories than women, and therefore gain weight slower. Biologically women have a higher average body fat content compared with men. During pregnancy, women tend to gain weight to provide sufficient nourishment for the growing baby.
Men and women grow fat in different parts of their bodies. For women it is normally at the hips and thighs and for men, more often than not, their pot bellies. So men look more like “apples” and women like “pears”. Most doctors agree this is due to a number of factors, including genetics, hormonal differences, body-fat distribution as well as the environment.
Men and women gain weight very differently when they are exposed to stressful situations. Researchers found that women gain weight when they have problems with finances, rigid job routines, and strained family relationships. On the other hand, men gain weight mainly in response to work related problems and stress.
According to scientific research, men and women also have different eating habits and preferences. In general, men prefer eating meat and poultry while women are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Men view food as a matter of enjoyment whereas women tend to be more concerned about their health and seek nutritional advice.
A new study by the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University in Montreal found that women eat more when they eat with a large group of female friends. However, when they eat with a smaller group of female friends, or dine with men, they eat less. This may be due to social conditioning. Women who eat less and who are thin are viewed as more feminine and attractive.
Whether you are a man or woman, you should learn to manage your weight. Here are some tips:
- Be aware of the stressors in your life and manage them
- Exercise regularly
- Adopt a routine of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet and include fruits and vegetables
- Get enough sleep; I would recommend at least 7 hours
- Replace salty food with herbs and spices to enhance the taste
- Reduce intake of fat, oil, salt and sugar
- For those with bad appetite, try eating small but frequent meals
- Take high-quality multivitamin, especially vitamin B, C and D each day
- Avoid or minimize alcohol
If you have weight-related problems and know how to overcome them or have tips on healthy living, please share them with us.