Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment, and wellbeing: How older obese men orient to "aesthetic health".

Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S. and Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863, 2016. Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment, and wellbeing: How older obese men orient to "aesthetic health". Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 17 (1), pp. 84-91. 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 obese 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 & Masculinity
Creators: Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S. and Matthews, C.R.
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Date: 1 April 2016
Volume: 17
Number: 1
ISSN: 1524-9220
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1037/men0000012DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Sep 2017 14:57
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 14:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31743

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