Title

A qualitative investigation of obese men's experiences with their weight

RIS ID

82373

Publication Details

Lewis, S., Thomas, S. L., Hyde, J., Castle, D. J. & Komesaroff, P. A. (2011). A qualitative investigation of obese men's experiences with their weight. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35 (4), 458-469.

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate obese men's health behaviors and strategies for change. Methods: Qualitative interviews with 36 men (BMI 30 and over). Results: All men felt personally responsible for their weight gain. Sedentary lifestyles, stress, lack of worklife balance and weight-based stigma were all significant causes of weight gain and barriers to weight loss. These factors also contributed to men's unwillingness to seek help for their over-weight. Conclusion: Addressing the self-blame and stigma associated with obesity is important in developing strategies to improve the health and well-being of obese men.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.4.8