Permissive flexibility in successful lifelong weight management : A qualitative study among Finnish men and women

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311156

Citation

Joki , A , Mäkelä , J & Fogelholm , M 2017 , ' Permissive flexibility in successful lifelong weight management : A qualitative study among Finnish men and women ' , Appetite , vol. 116 , pp. 157-163 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.04.031

Title: Permissive flexibility in successful lifelong weight management : A qualitative study among Finnish men and women
Author: Joki, Anu; Mäkelä, Johanna; Fogelholm, Mikael
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Department of Food and Nutrition
Nutrition Science
Date: 2017-09-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Appetite
ISSN: 0195-6663
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.04.031
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311156
Abstract: Maintaining normal weight in the current obesogenic environment is a challenge. However, some people can do it. More insight is needed to understand how and why some people succeed in long-term weight maintenance. This study uses a rare, qualitative approach by describing the thoughts of successful weight management and self-perceived requirements for success in weight maintenance. We interviewed 39 individuals who have maintained normal weight for their entire lives (men and women). The content analysis revealed a main theme: flexible, permissive and conscious self-regulation, which was divided into two subthemes (eating-related behavior and weight-related behavior). The informants reported certain routines that supported their weight management: regular eating, sufficient meal sizes, eating in response to hunger, healthy and vegetable-rich diet along with moderate feasting and flexible eating restriction. Flexibility in routines allowed freedom in their eating behavior. In addition, informants regarded themselves as physically active, and they enjoyed regular exercise. Regular weighing was generally considered unnecessary. Normal weight was regarded as a valuable and worthwhile issue, and most of the informants worked to keep their weight stable. Although the perceived workload varied among informants, the weight management strategies were similar. It was crucial to be conscious of the balance between eating and energy consumption. Further, flexibility characterized their behavior and was the basis of successful weight management. Women were more aware of weight control practices and knowledge than men, but otherwise, women and men reported similar weight management methods and attitudes. In conclusion, the interviewees who have maintained the normal weight had created a personal weight-management support environment where weight management was a lifestyle. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
successful weight management
normal weight
FLEXIBILITY
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
loss maintance
416 Food Science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
Permissive_flex ... t_management.revision1.pdf 844.9Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record