Researchers to look into why men don’t sign up for slimming classes

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are on the hunt for overweight men to help them to investigate why males seek less help from weight loss services like Slimming World.

They want to hear from men who have used these types of services to find out what they thought about them, as well as men who have not to investigate what puts them off from signing up for help.

By 2050, 90 per cent of men and 80 per cent of women will be obese or overweight if current patterns persist and it is well-known that men are less likely to seek help about health issues than women.

Postgraduate student Sophie Howes, who is studying for an MSc in Health Psychology, is behind the study.

She explained: “There’s not much research into why men don’t access these kinds of weight-loss programmes. So the study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the barriers that men have to seeking help of this kind.

“Through interviews we want to explore their feelings about whether they feel weight loss is something necessary to get help with, what their perceptions are of these weight-loss services, their attitudes to the programmes that are available and their general experiences.

“Hopefully as a result we will gain some insight to help healthcare professionals and ultimately improve men’s attendance at these types of weight loss services.”

Anyone interested in taking part can email Sophie here for more information.

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