Correlates of dietary intake among men involved in the MAN for health study

Guadalupe X. Ayala, India Ornelas, Scott D. Rhodes, James W. Amell, Janice M. Dodds, Elvira Mebane, Earl Horton, Jaime Montano, Janelle Armstrong-Brown, Eugenia Eng

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The clustering of diet and other lifestyle behaviors and their psychosocial correlates were examined among 455 Latino and African American men in the U.S. Southeast. Men were recruited by male community health workers and surveys were self-administered in a group format. Latino men were younger, less educated, and more likely to be employed than African American men and reported a lower household income and larger household size. Fruit and vegetable consumption was associated with physical activity (p ≤. 001). A more positive attitude toward health was associated with meeting vegetable dietary guidelines (p ≤. 05) and consuming fast food less frequently (p ≤. 01). Active coping was associated with meeting fruit and vegetable dietary guidelines (p ≤. 01 and p ≤. 001, respectively), and avoidant coping was associated with greater fast-food consumption (p ≤. 001). Latino fast-food consumption was associated with binge drinking (p ≤. 001). This research provides evidence for tailoring dietary intervention for men of color.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-213
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • African American men
  • Coping styles
  • Diet
  • Latino men
  • Physical activity


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