Men Need More Fruits & Vegetables!

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Men Need More Fruits & Vegetables!

Men need to eat more fruit and vegetables, but they're eating less - and they're lagging behind women in several other significant ways.

Men aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables.

  • Men eat only about 4 1/2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day on average.
  • Only 4 percent of men say they eat the 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day recommended as part of an active lifestyle.

Men aren't aware of the benefits.

  • Men are significantly less likely than women to recognize the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, such as their role in reducing the risk of many cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Men have high rates of diet-related diseases.

  • Men have approximately 1 1/2 times the death rate of total cardiovascular diseases as women.
  • Men have approximately 1 1/2 times the death rate of total cancers as women.
  • Men have approximately 2 times the death rate of lung cancer as women.
  • Men have approximately 1 1/2 times the death rate of colorectal cancer as women. More than two-thirds of men are overweight or obese.
  • Among Americans overall, at least 58 million have some form of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, and 8.2 million Americans alive today have a history of cancer.

For additional information, please visit the Nutrition Center.

Source: National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov)


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Reviewed on 11/16/2004

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