Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment and wellbeing: how older obese men orient to 'aesthetic health' [forthcoming]

Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S. and Matthews, C., 2015. Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment and wellbeing: how older obese men orient to 'aesthetic health' [forthcoming]. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. ISSN 1524-9220

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Abstract

Most research on male body image to date has focused on young men using quantitative methods. The study reported here is based on qualitative interviews with a sample of older men (n = 30) on a weight management programme, and we asked them about body-related feelings. The interviews were all transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Our results indicate that although body weight was typically minimised, body image was a key concern, with many examples of body consciousness and body dissatisfaction evident. On the other hand, post-programme weight loss was associated with a transformative shift in body image, with the men emphasising enhanced body confidence, self-esteem and psychological wellbeing. We conclude by highlighting the need to recognise and address appearance issues and/as health concerns for middle-aged and older men.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychology of Men and Masculinity
Creators: Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S. and Matthews, C.
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Place of Publication: Washington, DC, USA
Date: 2015
ISSN: 1524-9220
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 10:49
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26052

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