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Ekman, Aimée
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Lindmark, U., Ahlstrand, I., Ekman, A., Berg, L., Hedén, L., Källstrand, J., . . . Larsson, I. (2020). Health-promoting factors in higher education for a sustainable working life – protocol for a multicenter longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1-8, Article ID 233.
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2020 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 1-8, article id 233Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The World Health Organization has highlighted the importance of health promotion for health service providers in order to ensure sustainable working life for individuals involved in providing health services. Such sustainability begins when students are preparing to manage their own future health and welfare in working life. It has been suggested that universities, employees and trainee health professionals should adopt or follow a salutogenic approach that not only complements the providing of information on known health risks but also favors health promotion strategies. This paper describes the study design and data collection methods in a planned study aiming to explore health-promoting factors for a sustainable working life among students in higher education within healthcare and social work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2020
Health promotion, Salutogenesis, Students’ health, Sustainable working life
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47845 (URN)10.1186/s12889-020-8181-3 (DOI)000515850200001 ()32059653 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85079361892 (Scopus ID)GOA HHJ 2020 (Local ID)GOA HHJ 2020 (Archive number)GOA HHJ 2020 (OAI)
Region Västra Götaland
Available from: 2020-02-20 Created: 2020-02-20 Last updated: 2020-03-27Bibliographically approved
Ekman, A. (2018). Theorizing failure: explanations regarding weight regain among people with fat bodies. Social Theory & Health, 16(3), 272-291
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2018 (English)In: Social Theory & Health, ISSN 1477-8211, E-ISSN 1477-822X, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 272-291Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on interviews with Swedish men and women who live in fat bodies, this article articulates people’s own explanations of weight regain and failure to lose weight permanently. The aim is to give a glimpse into a system of explanations where eating is perceived as a way of handling other problems, fatness is considered as a symptom of something else, and where weight-reduction practices are seen as contributing to fatness. The participant’s theorizations of weight regain, here called theorizing failure, are characterized by two types of shift in focus: cause-shifting and problem-shifting. The first seeks to attribute fatness to causes outside the received view, focusing on behaviors and energy consumption. Cause-shifting means that overeating is seen as being caused by underlying problems. The second, problem-shifting, means that fatness is viewed as an effect of an underlying, ‘real’ problem, and defines fatness as a symptom, and weight-centered methods as part of the person’s weight problem. This article pinpoints shortcomings with the weight-centered approach and addresses alternative ways to think about why some people fail to lose weight permanently.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018
Fatness; Lived experiences; Qualitative study; Grounded theorizing; Causes of weight regain; Fatness as symptom; The body project
National Category
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38158 (URN)10.1057/s41285-017-0056-z (DOI)000455351100005 ()2-s2.0-85037611161 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-13 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved
Ekman, A. & Richt, B. (2013). Tonvikt på vikt tungt för de tyngsta. Läkartidningen, 110(38), 1679-1680
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2013 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 110, no 38, p. 1679-1680Article in journal (Other academic) Published
övervikt, lekmannaperspektiv, förklaringsmodeller
National Category
Sociology Social Anthropology
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23118 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-15 Created: 2014-01-15 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Ekman, A. & Richt, B. (2013). Viktordningen – ett analytiskt perspektiv. Sociologisk forskning, 50(3-4), 223-245
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Viktordningen – ett analytiskt perspektiv
2013 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 3-4, p. 223-245Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The weight order – an analytical perspective

This article is an outline of a critically oriented and empirically grounded theory of the weight order, as a complement to theories of more widely recognized and studied ordering systems. We 1) expose the weight orders “absent presence” in humanistic and social science-oriented research treating overweight and fatness as a personal or social problem, 2) outline the contours and characteristics of this specific ordering system, and 3) suggest a set of sensitizing concepts for analysis of this ordering system. Two primary forms of activity, maintaining order and putting in order, are analysed. The first is making thin people into order and overweight people into disorder, and thus maintains order in the weight order. The other, putting in order, covers different activities supposed to make sure that people keep their bodies thin or try to become thin. These ordering activities meet resistance when overweight people stop dieting and/or define overweight as a personal choice and themselves as good enough, or even healthy and beautiful. We call these forms of resistance alternative weight-doings.  

the weight order, ordering, overweight, body weight, grounded theorizing, viktordningen, ordnande, övervikt, kroppsvikt, grundat teoretiserande
National Category
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23120 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-15 Created: 2014-01-15 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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