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Prostate cancer, masculinity and food. Rationales for perceived diet change.
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PMID:  20670667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Research indicating that certain diets can lower prostate-specific antigen levels suggests that diet change might be a beneficial treatment adjunct for low-grade prostate cancer. However, few men with prostate cancer adopt significant diet change, indicating a need to better understand how and why they make food choices. This qualitative study explored men's perceptions of their diets following a prostate cancer diagnosis, and the rationales underpinning diet changes (or lack thereof). Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 men ages 48-78 years who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the previous 5 years. Findings show that participants exhibited varied dietary patterns, which we labeled 'eating as usual', 'intensifying efforts', 'adding-on', and 'overhauling diets'. Four main domains informed rationales for diet changes or lack thereof: perception of pre-prostate cancer diet, diet and health understandings, orientation towards prostate cancer, and the need for "doing something." Dietary ideals framed as masculine, important, action-oriented and autonomous endeavors contributed to participants' food choice behaviors, suggesting that their alignment to masculine dietary ideals influenced if and how they engaged in diet change. A better understanding of how masculine food ideals shape food choice might be useful in expanding food choice models and in developing effective nutrition education interventions for this group.
Lawrence W Mróz; Gwen E Chapman; John L Oliffe; Joan L Bottorff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  398-406     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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