How do men’s female relatives feature in their accounts of changing eating practices during a weight-management programme delivered through professional football clubs?

MacLean, A., Hunt, K., Gray, C., Smillie, S., and Wyke, S. (2014) How do men’s female relatives feature in their accounts of changing eating practices during a weight-management programme delivered through professional football clubs? International Journal of Men's Health, 13(2), pp. 121-138.

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Abstract

Social support is essential for weight loss but we know surprisingly little about how family relations are (re)negotiated when men attempt to lose weight. We use qualitative data from a men-only weight loss and healthy living programme (observations and focus group discussions) to investigate how men talk about the women in their families in their accounts of modifying their eating practices. Men constructed partners, mothers and mothers-in-law as highly influential, portraying their roles in responding to their changed eating practices in different ways as: facilitative or detached allies, undermining change, or resistant to or threatened by change. We suggest our analysis points to the need to explore how the broader social context can be acknowledged in weight management programmes to facilitate negotiation of changes to eating practices. At a more fundamental level it raises the potential for a broader renegotiation of the relationship between performances of masculinity and health.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Smillie, Ms Susan and Gray, Dr Lucinda and Hunt, Professor Kathryn and MacLean, Dr Flora
Authors: MacLean, A., Hunt, K., Gray, C., Smillie, S., and Wyke, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Men's Health
Publisher:Men's Studies Press
ISSN:1532-6306
ISSN (Online):1933-0278
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Men's Studies Press
First Published:First published in International Journal of Men's Health 13(2):121-138
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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