Narratives of Slimming (or not) in a Commercial Dieting Group. 14 May 2010 Debra Gimlin, PhD Department of Sociology University of Aberdeen, Scotland. The Study. Research in a commercial dieting group: Six months of participant-observation Interviews with 20 female members:
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14 May 2010
Debra Gimlin, PhD
Department of Sociology
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
But are such processes relevant to organised slimming?
‘My doctor told me that my blood pressure was high and…I needed to lose weight…It’s also wanting to look nice in my clothes’. (67 years)
‘Maybe it’s easier because I’m not a young girl. You see them in town wearing the wee tops and trousers...Those clothes aren’t really right for someone my age’.(67 years)
‘When you look in the magazines it’s all size eight or ten and here’s me a size 20. You know what I mean, I’d like…to be able to go into a shop and pick up even a size 12 and have it fit’. (21 years)
'I dinna lose weight, but it stops me from getting even huger. You want to do it for …[the leader] if not for yourself. I just haven’t got round to doing it’ (laugh). (70 years)
‘I would like to be slimmer, but then I think, “I’ve worked hard all my life. What’s the harm in a few sweeties?”’ (70 years)
‘You try to lose weight because of the scales. You might be really embarrassed because... They know if you’ve been bad’. (25 years)
‘When I get weighed and I’ve gained, it’s like being back in gym class with all the other girls thinner than me...Y’ know, I’m the only one who can’t lose weight’. (23 years)