A new report by Murphy Research reveals how men & women view nutrition & fitness differently
Women are more likely than men to focus on nutrition and managing weight through diet, according to a new report by Murphy Research. The report, “State of Our Health: Exploring Gender Differences in Food,” reveals how men and women view nutrition and fitness differently.
Data for the survey was collected from fitness and nutrition enthusiasts in the US. According to the report, 72% percent of women are involved in nutrition, compared to 68% of men. When it comes to fitness, 61% of women are engaged, compared to 66% of men.
Here are some key takeaways from the report, which looked at nutrition, fitness, weight management, childhood factors, and personal priorities:
|Nutrition||14% of men are engaged only with nutrition||20% of women are engaged only with nutrition|
|Fitness||12% of men are only engaged in fitness||9% of women are only engaged with fitness.|
|Nutrition & Fitness||54% of men engage in both||52% of women engage in both|
|Weight Management||34% exercise to lose weight||44% exercise to lose weight|
|Childhood||51% of men said they were encouraged to participate in sports from an early age|
36% of men recall a weight struggle as a child
|34% of women report being encouraged in sports|
40% of women were found to remember weight struggles as a child
|Personal Priorities||More likely to prioritize fitness||More likely to prioritize weight, diet, appearance, managing stress|
The research suggests that nutrition engagement increases among older consumers, but when it comes to Gen Z and Millennials, nutrition engagement is the same among both men and women. Murphy Research says this is a major difference from older generations, where men are less likely to be engaged with nutrition.
“Shifting gender roles related to food, cooking, and eating likely account for some of this change. This means that health-focused food and beverage brands that cater to older consumers should likely still focus on women as the nutritional head of the household, but all bets are off for younger consumers,” the report says.
When it comes to fitness, Murphy Research says that fitness for older men may be an “untapped opportunity” that gets lost in the bid for younger consumers. The full report on who is more likely to focus on nutrition conducted by Murphy Research can be found here.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.