A qualitative study of men’s behavioural changes during weight loss maintenance

L. Lozano-Sufrategui*, A. Pringle, D. Carless, K.J. Drew

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Aim: This study aims to understand the behaviour changes men who attended a weight loss programme engage in during weight maintenance. Understanding the needs of men in the context of weight loss maintenance is important, as they are underrepresented in this body of literature.

Method: Given its focus on personal experience, this study adopted a qualitative design. Semi-structured interviews supported by participant-generated photo-elicitation techniques to explore the behavioural changes 12 men engaged in 6 months after attending a men-only weight loss programme. Data analysis was undertaken through thematic analysis and Gleeson’s polytextual thematic analysis.

Results: This study suggests that the key behaviours men engaged in to maintain weight loss can be classified into four categories: (1) ‘Small’ changes, (2) Informed decisions, (3) Monitoring of behaviours, and (4) Dealing with ambivalence.

Conclusion: This study makes an original contribution to knowledge and can have important implications for practice in the area of men’s health, particularly with regard to the long-term impact of weight loss interventions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in Public Health
Volume140
Issue number6
Early online date22 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • men
  • obesity
  • maintenance
  • weight loss
  • behaviour change
  • intervention
  • photo-elicitation

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