Women's work. Maintaining a healthy body weight

Welch, Nicky, Hunter, Wendy, Butera, Karina, Willis, Karen, Cleland, Verity, Crawford, David and Ball, Kylie 2009, Women's work. Maintaining a healthy body weight, Appetite, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 9-15.

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Title Women's work. Maintaining a healthy body weight
Author(s) Welch, Nicky
Hunter, Wendy
Butera, Karina
Willis, Karen
Cleland, Verity
Crawford, David
Ball, Kylie
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 9
End page 15
Total pages 7
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 0195-6663
1095-8304
Keyword(s) weight maintenance
women's health
qualitative
rural
Summary This study describes women's perceptions of the supports and barriers to maintaining a healthy weight among currently healthy weight women from urban and rural socio-economically disadvantaged areas. Using focus groups and interviews, we asked women about their experiences of maintaining a healthy weight. Overwhelmingly, women described their healthy weight practices in terms of concepts related to work and management. The theme of ‘managing health’ comprised issues of managing multiple responsibilities, time, and emotions associated with healthy practices. Rural women faced particular difficulties in accessing supports at a practical level (for example, lack of childcare) and due to the gendered roles they enacted in caring for others. Family background (in particular, mothers’ attitudes to food and weight) also appeared to influence perceptions about healthy weight maintenance. In the context of global increases in the prevalence of obesity, the value of initiatives aimed at supporting healthy weight women to maintain their weight should not be under-estimated. Such initiatives need to work within the social and personal constraints that women face in maintaining good health.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020108

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