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Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme

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School Allied and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University, Young Street, Cambridge CB1 2LZ, UK
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Human Sciences Research Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(1), 579; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010579
Received: 24 November 2021 / Revised: 29 December 2021 / Accepted: 30 December 2021 / Published: 5 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Ageing)
With shown reticence by men to engage with dietary interventions for weight loss, investigations that provide detail on men’s perceptions for the causes of weight gain and subsequent concerns over health and image are important. Such discoveries have potential to make a valuable contribution to male gendered programme design aimed at tackling weight gain and promoting good health. Connecting to men to health using their hobbies and interests, this study deployed semi-structured interviews of eight male participants (age > 35 years) enrolled on The Alpha Programme (TAP). TAP is a 12-week football and weight management intervention delivered in local community venues. Results captured men’s lived experiences and feelings of being overweight, their attempts at dietary modification, health and causes of weight gain. Results signify externalized attribution for weight gain, entrenched habitual intake practices, despondency related to weight stigmatization, self-objectification and low self-worth. Moreover, this study outlines the processes for capturing this information using a male friendly approach and setting. Outcomes have potential for shaping bespoke men’s weight management and health improvement interventions in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; football; weight gain; sedentary; weight stigmatization; physical activity; self-esteem; men; self-objectification obesity; football; weight gain; sedentary; weight stigmatization; physical activity; self-esteem; men; self-objectification
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Cortnage, M.; Pringle, A. Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 579. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010579

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Cortnage M, Pringle A. Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(1):579. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010579

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Cortnage, Mark, and Andy Pringle. 2022. "Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 1: 579. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010579

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