Researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto examined the response of significant others to their partners’ dietary changes. They also compared significant others’ reporting of their response to the “changing” partner’s perception of that response.
The researchers conducted interviews with 21 people making dietary changes–most in response to a medical diagnosis–and with their partners or significant others. ‘By examining the perspectives of significant others, we hoped to deepen understanding of the social nature of dietary change,’ Dr. Paisley explains. The partners’ emotional responses varied widely: from co-operation and encouragement to skepticism and anger. In most cases, the significant others described themselves as playing a positive, supportive role. Some facilitated the change by joining in the new diet, or by changing their shopping or cooking habits. Others helped by monitoring the dietary change, finding and sharing information, or providing motivation … However, in some cases, the person trying to make a change felt their partner had a negative impact on their efforts — for example, by eating ‘forbidden’ foods in front of them. In these cases, the significant others did not view their response as negative. In only one case did both partners agree that the significant other played a neutral role.
via Science Daily