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Experiences of barriers and facilitators to weight-loss in a diet intervention: a qualitative study of women in Northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition. Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: BMC Women's Health, ISSN 1472-6874, E-ISSN 1472-6874, Vol. 14, 59- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: There is a lack of research about the experiences of participating in weight-reducing interventions. The aim of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators to weight-loss experienced by participants in a diet intervention for middle-aged to older women in the general population in Northern Sweden.

METHOD: In the intervention the women were randomised to eat either a Palaeolithic-type diet or a diet according to Nordic Nutrition recommendations for 24 months. A strategic selection was made of women from the two intervention groups as well as from the drop-outs in relation to social class, civil status and age. Thematic structured interviews were performed with twelve women and analysed with qualitative content analyses.

RESULTS: The results showed that the women in the dietary intervention experienced two main barriers - struggling with self (related to difficulties in changing food habits, health problems, lack of self-control and insecurity) and struggling with implementing the diet (related to social relations and project-related difficulties) - and two main facilitators- striving for self-determination (related to having clear goals) and receiving support (from family/friends as well as from the project) - for weight-loss. There was a greater emphasis on barriers than on facilitators.

CONCLUSION: It is important to also include drop-outs from diet interventions in order to fully understand barriers to weight-loss. A gender-relational approach can bring new insights into understanding experiences of barriers to weight-loss.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2014. Vol. 14, 59- p.
Keyword [en]
behavior change, weight management, obesity/overweight, intervention programmes, gender, qualitative analysis, health behavior, women's health/midlife
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Environmental Health and Occupational Health Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89223DOI: 10.1186/1472-6874-14-59ISI: 000334949800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-89223DiVA: diva2:719873
Available from: 2014-05-27 Created: 2014-05-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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