Food consumption by men and women living alone

Thibaut de Saint Pol, division Conditions de vie des ménages, Insee

Women living alone spend a greater proportion of their budget on food than men in the same situation. The products they consume also differ: women buy proportionately more fruit and vegetables but less meat and alcohol. Men prioritise products which require less preparation. Seven foodstuffs in ten are bought in supermarkets, but women buy food on markets more frequently than men, particularly fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Men spend more money on non-domestic catering: this includes meals in restaurants and canteens, but is above all true of alcoholic drinks.

Insee Première
No 1194
Paru le : 28/05/2008