Hazardous Waist: Tackling Male Weight Problems

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Alan K. White, Alan White, Maggie Pettifer
Radcliffe Publishing, 2007 - Medical - 229 pages
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This book includes a foreword by Peter Baker, Chief Executive, The Men's Health Forum. Male weight problems are a serious public health issue and can lead to hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes and cancer. If current trends continue, the prospect of the majority of men becoming overweight is a very real one, and urgent action is imperative. The middle-aged spread that most men 'expect' to develop as they enter into their thirties and forties is now occurring much earlier with boys and young men developing life limiting weight problems. This multidisciplinary guide provides a gender sensitive approach to weight issues. Men need to be targeted specifically and in a male-focused manner, in order to overcome the multitude of contributing factors in their weight gain; social influences, dietary restrictions, education, cultural expectations, psychological considerations and exercise regime. This book takes a balanced approach, offering practical guidance as well as evidence-based research, academic perspectives and personal experiences. The advice is easy to implement and has been proven in real-life settings. All healthcare professionals, nutritionists and dieticians will find the assistance invaluable. It is also highly recommended for psychologists, counsellors and therapists, particularly those working with men. Healthcare policy makers and shapers too, will find much of interest. 'A definitive and seminal book that will change the way male weight problems are tackled in the UK and beyond.' - Peter Baker, in the Foreword.
 

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Contents

The research base for male obesity what do we know?
3
The causes of male obesity and associated health problems
12
Male obesity policy and context
22
Using body image to help men manage weight problems
36
Men obesity and the media
48
Men masculinities and health
55
TACKLING MALE WEIGHT PROBLEMS
65
Managing male obesity in primary care
67
Tackling weight problems in older men
125
Fit for inclusion working with overweight and obese men with disabilities
135
Promoting exercise to men
150
Counselling the man beyond the weight problem
159
Communicating the risks of obesity to South Asian men
166
Weight management in men with mental health problems
173
Working with men via the internet
186
Innovation in obesity services for men
198

Working with men in groups experience from a weight management programme in Scotland
75
Weight management in men community pharmacy approaches
87
Commercial slimming groups in the management of weight problems in men
92
Tackling weight problems in men in the workplace
103
Weight problems in boys and young men
112
The Australian experience
205
The way forward
213
The Mens Health Forum
220
Index
221
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Respectively Professor of Men's Health and Director, The Centre for Men's Health, Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University; Men's Health Conference Developer

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