Better cultural fit may encourage healthy eating

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Maintaining a healthy diet is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy weight. A research study done by Northwestern University compared peoples cultural fit and how it compared to the diet they consumed on a daily basis. Cultural fit will differ by country and shows a direct correlation on types of foods and amounts of food we consume.

Key Takeaways:

  • Americans who scored higher on independence were more likely to follow a healthy diet than those who scored lower on independence.
  • “Giving people lots of healthy choices or allowing people to feel that they have control over whether they eat healthy options is likely to foster healthier eating.”
  • Overall, the researchers say their findings suggest a person’s cultural fit may influence what foods they eat, and that healthy eating plans should take culture into account.

“Both countries have very different cultures, the researchers note; U.S. culture has more emphasis on independence and the right to make one’s own decisions, while Japanese culture is more focused on interdependence and maintaining good relationships.”