New study says it's not just kids who like to pass on the vegetables

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Parents know how hard it is to get kids to eat their vegetables. But apparently they're not the only ones at the dinner table cringing at the site of peas and carrots.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that husbands may just be eating those greens to maintain the peace at home. But the same group of men in the study say they are more likely to binge on unhealthy food when their wife is not around.

The focus group of men says the problem is they often aren't consulted about changes in the family diet. If they were given more input into the family diet, the men surveyed said they would be more likely to enjoy everything served at dinner.

Doctors believe this might be the key to better overall eating. They think couples should communicate about the types of food decisions they make to create better health awareness.

Researchers are quick to point out that this is only one side of the equation. They now hope to survey the wives to better understand choices made around the family table.

The study was published in the Journal Health Psychology.

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