And then there’s the harder-to-pin-down issue of emotional eating, and a woman’s greater propensity for it. I can vouch for this from what I’ve seen on The Biggest Loser. On the show, most of the male contestants have become obese because of their off-the-charts portion sizes (and terrifically bad food choices on those big plates), while the women have found themselves in trouble because they steadily snack or binge to cope with stress, sadness or exhaustion. Could it be that women find it more difficult to curb their cravings and exhibit self-control than men? Perhaps, especially when it comes to food. According to a 2008 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, men are better able to handle self-control over food cravings than women are.
Mistake Number One: Taking a lesson on gender differences from an unethical diet show edited for story arc and broadest appeal: The Biggest Loser.
Mistake Number Two: Assuming you can measure ‘emotional’ based on whether some food has been eaten from a plate, or taken straight out of the fridge at midnight and licked off manicured fingers.
Mistake Number Three: Making some pretty huge gender assumptions, in 2012, based on a single study with only 23 subjects, conducted back in 2008, whose abstract is appropriately moderate: ‘the brain mechanism(s) underlying voluntary control of hunger are not well understood’.
- Also THIS HAPPENED RECENTLY. And now Hilary Clinton cops it again. (Except she’s damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t.)
- Good Men Project says It’s Time We Paid Attention To Binge Eating In Men.
- IT’S EVERYWHERE, DUDE. Women Wake Up Grumpier.
- Ladies Be Moody.
- When women are believed to be more emotional there are real and significant impacts on her health care, as outlined in this review of the movie Side Effects at Bitch Flicks
- Is there a penalty for powerful women admitting to mental illness? from Frisky
- “I never realized the gender dichotomy of cancer culture until today. Culture surrounding men’s cancer is primarily about prevention and treatment, while women’s cancer culture focuses on emotions and attempting to conform to the social standards held for women (looking pretty and “feminine”)…” – Jolie, a 21-year-old diagnosed with cancer