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PsyCen Seminar- Food assessment: a discursive analysis of diet talk in interviews with older men who are obese

Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 (GMT)

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PsyCen Seminar: Food assessment: a discursive analysis of diet talk in interviews with older men who are obese

Authors: Dr Sarah Seymour-Smith Nottingham Trent University, Professor Brendan Gough Leeds Beckett University Dr Christopher R. Matthews Nottingham Trent University & Dr Zoe Rutherford Leeds Beckett University

Obesity rates are increasing faster in men than in women, with particular concerns raised regarding older men. However, men are less likely than women to engage in weight-loss activities such as dieting, typically constructed as a feminine practice. Previous research has argued that men’s food consumption is notably different and unhealthier than women’s. The novel contribution of this talk is an analysis of food assessments in order to explore how older men (mostly) undergoing weight management programmes make sense of changes in their nutritional intake. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 men who were obese, 27 of whom were engaged in weight loss programmes. Discursive psychology was employed to analyse the data. In contrast to other research, participants constructed nutritional advice as enlightening. Participants worked up ‘ownership’ and pleasure assessments to unhealthy food choices which they contrasted with new, healthier, eating practices. Moreover, healthy food was constructed as acceptable. 

Our study contributes new insights about how nutritional advice impacts upon preconceived (mis)understandings of healthy eating practices. During the interviews, men positioned themselves as educators – health promoters might usefully develop nutritional advice in collaboration with men who have successfully changed their diets for optimum effect.

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Leeds Beckett University
Rose Bowl 263
Portland Crescent
LS1 3HB Leeds
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 (GMT)


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Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen)

The Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen) is devoted to achieving the objectives and meeting the research needs that are specific to the REF2021-Unit 4 submission (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience). This is in line with the current university strategy to shape the School of Social Sciences' research activities guided by the larger framework of the REF strategy in terms of output, infrastructure, environment and impact.

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