I'm not dieting, 'I'm doing it for science': Masculinities and the experience of dieting

Mallyon, Anna, Holmes, Mary, Coveney, John and Zadoroznyj, Maria (2010) I'm not dieting, 'I'm doing it for science': Masculinities and the experience of dieting. Health Sociology Review, 19 3: 330-342. doi:10.5172/hesr.2010.19.3.330


Author Mallyon, Anna
Holmes, Mary
Coveney, John
Zadoroznyj, Maria
Title I'm not dieting, 'I'm doing it for science': Masculinities and the experience of dieting
Journal name Health Sociology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-1242
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2010.19.3.330
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 330
End page 342
Total pages 13
Place of publication Maleny, Qld, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Despite heightened concerns about levels of obesity and overweight in Western societies, there is a relative absence of sociological research into the subjective experience of dieting, especially for men. This paper focuses on findings related to the male participants from a qualitative study of fourteen volunteers (six female and eight male) drawn from a larger clinical trial comparing two diet conditions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in two stages to gain an in-depth understanding of the experience of dieting, and found that these men understood and practiced their dieting in different ways from the women, but also from each other, depending on their notions of masculinity. Some were eager to reframe their dieting in ‘more manly’ terms. The social support or sabotage received from friends and family is significant to these experiences of dieting. This paper discusses how men understand and practice dieting within the framework of gendered discourses and gendered relations that can make healthy eating hard to sustain. © eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Keyword Obesity
Overweight
Dieting
Masculinities
Gendered habitus
Sociology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Social Science Publications
 
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