Thresholds of size: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of childhood messages around food, body, health and weight.

Journal article


Holland, Fiona G., Peterson, Karin and Archer, Stephanie 2018. Thresholds of size: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of childhood messages around food, body, health and weight. Critical Dietetics.
AuthorsHolland, Fiona G., Peterson, Karin and Archer, Stephanie
Abstract

This study explores the lived experiences of non-dieting, middle-aged Western women classified as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ on BMI charts. Qualitative research that has focused on non-weight loss experiences with this population has been rare. This study aims to allow their experiences to be heard within the mainstream health literature. Four women from aged 40-55 were interviewed about their early messages and experiences around food, body, health and weight. An interpretative phenomenological analysis was conducted. Three themes were identified: 1) family culture and body norms 2) thresholds of size and 3) action and outcome. Participants identified a range of influences upon their early body appraisal, with parents, extended family, peers and community members contributing to their understanding of what constituted as an acceptable size. The impact upon their sense of identity and emotional wellbeing is discussed. This study contributes to the role of the modelling and messages around size and value given by important others and the psychological ramifications these can have over time.

KeywordsInterpretative phenomenological analysis; Eating Behaviours; Body image; Body size; Stigma; Adolescence; Family
Year2018
JournalCritical Dietetics
PublisherOpen Journal Systems
ISSN19231237
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622747
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
hdl:10545/622747
Publication dates04 May 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Jun 2018, 09:38
ContributorsUniversity of Derby, University of North Carolina Asheville and Imperial College London
File
File
File Access Level
Open
File
File Access Level
Open
Permalink -

https://repository.derby.ac.uk/item/94z3x/thresholds-of-size-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-of-childhood-messages-around-food-body-health-and-weight

Download files

  • 84
    total views
  • 52
    total downloads
  • 3
    views this month
  • 3
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Connecting Families with Nature: A Nature Connectedness Activity Handbook
Holland, F., Harvey, C. and Barnes, C. 2024. Connecting Families with Nature: A Nature Connectedness Activity Handbook.
Carlton Marshes Visitor Centre Report. An evaluation report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust 2023.
Harvey, C. and Holland, F. 2023. Carlton Marshes Visitor Centre Report. An evaluation report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust 2023. Derby Centre for Psychological Research, University of Derby. https://doi.org/10.48773/q001q
Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Short Residential Courses for Young People.
Holland, F., Harvey, C., Gibson, S. and Furlong, R. 2023. Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Short Residential Courses for Young People. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Wild Tots and Wild Babies: An evaluation report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Harvey, C. and Holland, F. 2023. Wild Tots and Wild Babies: An evaluation report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Single Day Short Courses for Young People
Holland, F., Harvey, C. and Furlong, R. 2023. Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Single Day Short Courses for Young People. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Young Wardens’ Voices: An Evaluation Report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Holland, F., Harvey, C. and Furlong, R. 2023. Young Wardens’ Voices: An Evaluation Report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Impact of a two day ‘Introduction to Motivational Interviewing’ training
Holland, F. and Harvey, C. 2022. Impact of a two day ‘Introduction to Motivational Interviewing’ training. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Wild Wellbeing Hub. An Evaluation Report for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Furlong, R. 2022. Wild Wellbeing Hub. An Evaluation Report for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Wild at Heart. An Evaluation Report for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Furlong, R. 2022. Wild at Heart. An Evaluation Report for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK. University of Derby.
Natural Connections. An Evaluation Report for Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Furlong, R. 2022. Natural Connections. An Evaluation Report for Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK University of Derby.
Creating Nature Networks in North Manchester. An Evaluation Report for The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Furlong, R. 2022. Creating Nature Networks in North Manchester. An Evaluation Report for The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Derby, UK University of Derby.
A summary report of the four Wildlife Trust projects funded by Cadent
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Furlong, R. 2022. A summary report of the four Wildlife Trust projects funded by Cadent. Derby, UK University of Derby.
Factors Influencing Successful Coping among Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Personnel: Recruiting for Resilience – A Mixed Methods Study
Craven, H. P., Hallmark, M., Holland, F. and Maratos, F. 2022. Factors Influencing Successful Coping among Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Personnel: Recruiting for Resilience – A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09521-x
Young peoples’ lived experiences of shifts between face-to-face and smartphone interactions: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Childs, C. and Holland, F. 2022. Young peoples’ lived experiences of shifts between face-to-face and smartphone interactions: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Youth Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2022.2101356
Factors Influencing Successful Coping among Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Personnel: Recruiting for Resilience - A Mixed Methods Study
Helen Craven, Michelle Hallmark, Fiona Holland and Frances Maratos 2022. Factors Influencing Successful Coping among Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Personnel: Recruiting for Resilience - A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. 37, p. 549–568. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09521-x
Exploring Buddhism as a ‘Tool’ to Support Well-Being: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Western Adopters’ Experiences
Laurent, N., Holland, F. and Sheffield, D. 2021. Exploring Buddhism as a ‘Tool’ to Support Well-Being: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Western Adopters’ Experiences. Pastoral Psychology. 20 (471), p. 485. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11089-021-00962-5
Development and testing of the Nature Connectedness Parental Self-Efficacy (NCPSE) scale
Barnes, Christopher, Holland, Fiona G., Harvey, Caroline and Wall, S. 2021. Development and testing of the Nature Connectedness Parental Self-Efficacy (NCPSE) scale. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 65 (2021), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127343
Expanding hermeneutic horizons: Working as multiple researchers and with multiple participants
Montague, Jane, Phillips, Elly, Holland, Fiona and Archer, Stephanie 2020. Expanding hermeneutic horizons: Working as multiple researchers and with multiple participants. Journal of Research Methods in Medicine and Health Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1177/2632084320947571
Experiences of enhanced recovery after surgery in general gynaecology patients: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Phillips, Elly, Archer, Stephanie, Montague, Jane and Bali, Anish 2019. Experiences of enhanced recovery after surgery in general gynaecology patients: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Health Psychology Open. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2055102919860635
Development of a compassion-based training for cancer (CforC) curriculum for female breast cancer patients in stages I-III and cancer survivors. Origins, rationale and initial observations.
Wahl, Julia, Sheffield, David, Maratos, Frances A. and Archer, Stephanie 2018. Development of a compassion-based training for cancer (CforC) curriculum for female breast cancer patients in stages I-III and cancer survivors. Origins, rationale and initial observations. Mindfulness & Compassion.
Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups
Phillips, Eleanor, Montague, Jane and Archer, Stephanie 2016. Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups. Qualitative Research in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2016.1205692
“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer
Phillips, Eleanor, Montague, Jane and Archer, Stephanie 2017. “A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603
The business of the body
Holland, Fiona G. 2015. The business of the body. International Therapist.
'Do you mean I'm not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction
Archer, Stephanie, Holland, Fiona G. and Montague, Jane 2016. 'Do you mean I'm not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316664135
Choosing not to reconstruct- post mastectomy: Exploring younger women’s experiences
Holland, Fiona G. 2016. Choosing not to reconstruct- post mastectomy: Exploring younger women’s experiences. Nursing Network News.
Teaching in higher education: An interpretive phenomenological analysis
Holland, Fiona G. 2014. Teaching in higher education: An interpretive phenomenological analysis. Sage. https://doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014528646
Play Wild Evaluation Report
Harvey, C. and Holland, F. 2017. Play Wild Evaluation Report. Derby University of Derby.
The effect of creative psychological interventions on psychological outcomes for adult cancer patients: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials
Archer, Stephanie, Buxton, Sarah and Sheffield, David 2014. The effect of creative psychological interventions on psychological outcomes for adult cancer patients: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Psycho-Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.3607
"I'm 100% for it! I'm a convert!" Women's experiences of a yoga programme during treatment for gynaecological cancer; an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Archer, Stephanie, Phillips, Elly, Montague, Jane, Bali, Anish and Sowter, Heidi M. 2014. "I'm 100% for it! I'm a convert!" Women's experiences of a yoga programme during treatment for gynaecological cancer; an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Complementary therapies in medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2014.12.003
How to deliver an effective senior exercise class
Holland, Fiona G. and Meeks, Sara 2009. How to deliver an effective senior exercise class. SportEx Health.
Body talk
Holland, Fiona G. 2011. Body talk. International Therapist.
The accordian and the deep bowl of spaghetti: Eight researchers' experiences of using IPA as a methodology
Wagstaff, Chris, Jeong, Hyeseung, Nolan, Maeve, Wilson, Tony, Tweedlie, Julie, Phillips, Elly, Senu, Halia and Holland, Fiona G. 2014. The accordian and the deep bowl of spaghetti: Eight researchers' experiences of using IPA as a methodology. The Qualitative Report.
Body image: instrument or ornament?
Holland, Fiona G. 2009. Body image: instrument or ornament? Sport Ex Dynamics.
Working out of the ‘toolbox’: an exploratory study with complementary therapists in acute cancer care
McLaren, Natasha, Mackereth, Peter, Hackman, Eileen and Holland, Fiona G. 2013. Working out of the ‘toolbox’: an exploratory study with complementary therapists in acute cancer care. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.002
Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Holland, Fiona G., Archer, Stephanie and Montague, Jane 2014. Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314562085
"I'm 100% for it! I'm a convert!": Women's experiences of a yoga programme during treatment for gynaecological cancer; an interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Archer, Stephanie, Phillips, Elly, Montague, Jane, Bali, Anish and Sowter, Heidi M. 2015. "I'm 100% for it! I'm a convert!": Women's experiences of a yoga programme during treatment for gynaecological cancer; an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Complementary therapies in medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2014.12.003
Treatment beyond treatment: exploring the effects of two complementary interventions on patient reported outcomes of gynaecological cancer
Archer, Stephanie 2013. Treatment beyond treatment: exploring the effects of two complementary interventions on patient reported outcomes of gynaecological cancer. PhD Thesis https://doi.org/10.48773/9346w
Teaching in higher education: working without a map
Holland, Fiona G. 2012. Teaching in higher education: working without a map. PhD Thesis https://doi.org/10.48773/94816