[Masculinity and Meat Consumption--Historical Approchaes to a Current Health Issue]

Medizinhist J. 2015;50(1-2):42-65.
[Article in German]


In current health debates meat is often discussed as a health risk. Statistically, men consume more meat than women. Therefore they often appear as an especially vulnerable risk group. Based on current discussions about an increased health risk for men because of an above-average consumption of meat, this paper outlines aspects of the historical development of the relationship between masculinity and meat consumption from the 19th to the 21st century and emphasizes the importance of cultural constructed gender expectations for the eating habits of many men.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Characteristics / history
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Germany
  • Health Behavior*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masculinity / history*
  • Meat / history*
  • Men's Health / history*
  • Physical Fitness / history*