Being fit and looking healthy: Young women's and men's constructions of health and fitness

Wright, J., OFlynn, G. and Macdonald, D. (2006) Being fit and looking healthy: Young women's and men's constructions of health and fitness. Sex Roles, 54 9-10: 707-716. doi:10.1007/s11199-006-9036-9

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Author Wright, J.
OFlynn, G.
Macdonald, D.
Title Being fit and looking healthy: Young women's and men's constructions of health and fitness
Journal name Sex Roles   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-0025
1573-2762
Publication date 2006-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11199-006-9036-9
Volume 54
Issue 9-10
Start page 707
End page 716
Total pages 10
Editor J.C. Chrisler
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic; Plenum
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321499 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
730219 Behaviour and health
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract We drew on Foucault's notion of 'practices of the self' to examine how young people take up, negotiate, and resist the imperatives of a public health discourse concerned with the relationships between health, fitness, and the body. We did this through a discussion of the ways young women and men talk about their own and others' bodies, in the context of a number of in-depth interviews conducted for the Life Activity Project, a study of the place and meaning of physical activity in young people's lives, funded by an Australian Research Council Grant. We found that the young women and men in the study engaged the health/fitness discourse very differently: for the young men, health conflated with fitness as an embodied capacity to do physical work; and for the young women, health was a much more difficult and complex project associated with managing and monitoring practices associated with eating and exercise to maintain an 'appropriate' body shape.
Keyword Health
Fitness
Meanings
Young men
Young women
Post-structural
Self-constitution
Foucault
Psychology, Developmental
Psychology, Social
Women's studies
Body
Esteem
Ideal
Q-Index Code C1

 
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