Lifestyle as a Choice of Necessity: Young Women, Health and Obesity

Lifestyle as a Choice of Necessity: Young Women, Health and Obesity

Lifestyle as a Choice of Necessity: Young Women, Health and Obesity

Lifestyle as a Choice of Necessity: Young Women, Health and Obesitys

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Référence bibliographique [17666]

Dumas, Alex, Robitaille, Jeanne et Jetté, Shannon L. 2014. «Lifestyle as a Choice of Necessity: Young Women, Health and Obesity ». Social Theory & Health, vol. 12, no 2, p. 138-158.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
This study aims to «capture [young underprivileged women’s] dispositions towards health practices by outlining sociocultural factors that do (or do not) incline them to pursue a health regimen and weight control strategies.» (p. 139)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’étude est basée sur la participation de 15 jeunes femmes (18-29 ans) vivant dans un quartier défavorisé de la région de l’Outaouais.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«Eleven out of the 15 participants were mothers of 1–3 children. The interviews showed that they were highly reflective about their role of mothers and that they adjusted their lifestyle in order to manage imminent family needs, priorities and budgets. Childbearing had shaped their degree of interest to pursue health and weight managing practices: as a rupturing event in their life, motherhood initiated a reflexive process which either sensitized them to their own physical health, therefore adopting a health regimen in order to instil healthy practices among their children, or conflicted with such an interest as they became highly preoccupied with their children’s well-being at the expense of their own. Interview data also testified to their anxiety and sharp sense of accountability towards their children’s wellbeing. Inculcating healthy practices by providing ‘good examples’ arose among many of the participants.» (p. 149-150)