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The Healthiest Eaters Are the Most Culturally 'Fit'

(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) A recent study shows that in the U.S. and Japan, people who fit better with their culture have healthier eating habits…
Healthy eating can help reduce one's risk for a number of different diseases down the line, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
"In the U.S., having choice and control and being independent are very important," says [lead author Cynthia] Levine. "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."
In Japan where the culture places more emphasis on interdependence and maintaining relationships, a focus on choice and control is less likely to be the key to more healthy eating, write the authors.
"Instead," says Levine, "in Japan, promoting healthy eating is likely to be most effective when it builds on and strengthens social bonds."
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