An August 2019 study by the University of East Anglia has found that,
"In England about half of men eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, and young men aged 18-24 eat the least.
"This is really worrying because men are more likely than women to suffer health problems later in life such as coronary heart disease.”
"the young men with the best diets really believed in their ability to afford, shop for, prepare and cook fruit and vegetables. These high consumers felt that they had good control of their diet and health, and had positive attitudes towards healthy food. For example they found that cooking and eating healthy food gave them enjoyment, satisfaction and better mood.”
"They had a holistic view of health, liked the taste and variety of flavours in fruit and veg and they had learned to cook for themselves.”
"Those who weren't eating enough either could or would not cook. For this group, convenience foods were easier and fruit and vegetables were viewed as expensive, not readily available and their preparation time-consuming.”
"They had more negative attitudes such as not liking the taste of vegetables, and not finding fruit and veg very filling. Some weren't very open to trying new foods, and most didn't prioritise good health. They hoped they would stay healthy, even though many had close family members suffering from chronic health conditions. Low consumers were also more driven by social influences from friends, family, and social norms.”
"Interestingly, both groups believed that fruit and vegetables benefited health and were nutritious.
"But none of the young men were aware that eating fruit and vegetables could lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, however, low consumers didn't think too much about their future health and had a 'live for today' attitude.”
"Those who didn't eat much fruit and veg had a mistrust of health information. They thought that diet and health promotions should be better designed around their interests - such as sex, exercise and sports, with real examples of male health and fitness.”