Control and Colonisation

  • Russell Delderfield


The man’s relationships with his parents is examined against the context of his eating disorder. Former restriction gives way to a loss of control, which overwhelms the man. The self as a battleground with others and the disorder is considered and the eating disorder-as-coloniser of the man’s body/self is developed from Campling’s work, including the role of power. The foundations are laid for debate between the concepts of gender role conflict and ambivalent masculinities that feature in the book’s conclusions.


Loss-of-control eating Stigma Self-as-battleground Power Colonisation 


  1. Ahonen, P. S. (2003). Men’s Experience with Eating Disorders: Uncommon Lives? A Look at the Experiences of Men with Eating Disorders. Chicago: Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association.Google Scholar
  2. Atkins, P., & Bowler, I. (2001). Food in Society: Economy, Culture, Geography. Oxford: Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. Benatar, D. (2012). The Second Sexism: Discrimination against Men and Boys. London: John Wiley & Sons.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Bordo, S. (2003). Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  5. Brod, H., Callahan, D., Clatterbaugh, K., Grim, P., Gray, J. G., Harris, L., Hopkins, P., LaFollette, H., Laqueur, T., & May, L. (1996). Rethinking Masculinity: Philosophical Explorations in Light of Feminism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.Google Scholar
  6. Bruch, H. (1973). Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Person Within. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  7. Bruch, H. (2001). The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa. London: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Bruni, F. (2009). Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater. New York: Penguin Press.Google Scholar
  9. Bruni, T. (2012). When the Self Is Contested Ground. Hastings Center Report, 42(4), 4–6.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Burkitt, I. (1999). Bodies of Thought: Embodiment, Identity and Modernity. London: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  11. Burkitt, I. (2008). Social Selves: Theories of Self and Society. London: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  12. Burkitt, I. (2012). Emotional Reflexivity: Feeling, Emotion and Imagination in Reflexive Dialogues. Sociology, 46(3), 458–472.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Campling, M. (2012). The Nature of Anorexia and Recovery: A Heuristic Self-Search Inquiry. (pp. 127). London: University of Wales.Google Scholar
  14. Chapple, A., & Ziebland, S. (2002). Prostate Cancer: Embodied Experience and Perceptions of Masculinity. Sociology of Health & Illness, 24(6), 820–841.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Chernin, K. (1981). Obsession, Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
  16. Coelho, J. S., Wilson, S., Winslade, A., Thaler, L., Israel, M., & Steiger, H. (2013). Over-Evaluation of Thoughts About Food: Differences across Eating-Disorder Subtypes and a Preliminary Examination of Treatment Effects. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(3), 302–309.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Conceicao, E. M., Crosby, R., Mitchell, J. E., Engel, S. G., Wonderlich, S. A., Simonich, H. K., Peterson, C. B., Crow, S. J., & Le Grange, D. (2013). Picking or Nibbling: Frequency and Associated Clinical Features in Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46(8), 815–818.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  18. Connell, R. W. (1995). Masculinities. Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  19. Conner, M., & Armitage, C. J. (2002). The Social Psychology of Food. Buckingham: Open University Press.Google Scholar
  20. Evans, J., & Legrange, D. (1995). Body-Size and Parenting in Eating Disorders—A Comparative-Study of the Attitudes of Mothers towards Their Children. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 18(1), 39–48.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  21. Georgaca, E. (2001). Voices of the Self in Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Analysis. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 74(2), 223–236.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Good, G. E., & Wood, P. K. (1995). Male Gender Role Conflict, Depression, and Help Seeking: Do College Men Face Double Jeopardy? Journal of Counseling & Development, 74(1), 70–75.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Griffiths, S., Mond, J. M., Li, Z., Gunatilake, S., Murray, S. B., Sheffield, J., & Touyz, S. (2015). Self-Stigma of Seeking Treatment and Being Male Predict an Increased Likelihood of Having an Undiagnosed Eating Disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48(6), 775–778.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Griffiths, S., Mond, J. M., Murray, S. B., & Touyz, S. (2013). Young Peoples’ Stigmatizing Attitudes and Beliefs About Anorexia Nervosa and Muscle Dysmorphia. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(2), 189–195.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Griffiths, S., Murray, S. B., & Touyz, S. (2015c). Extending the Masculinity Hypothesis: An Investigation of Gender Role Conformity, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating in Young Heterosexual Men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16(1), 108–114.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Grilo, C. M., Pagano, M. E., Stout, R. L., Markowitz, J. C., Ansell, E. B., Pinto, A., Zanarini, M. C., Yen, S., & Skodol, A. E. (2012). Stressful Life Events Predict Eating Disorder Relapse Following Remission: Six-Year Prospective Outcomes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(2), 185–192.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. Guidetti, M., Cavazza, N., & Conner, M. (2015). Social Influence Processes on Adolescents’ Food Likes and Consumption: The Role of Parental Authoritativeness and Individual Self-Monitoring. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46(2), 114–128.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Hocaoglu, C. (2015). Bulimia Nervosa in Males: A Case Report. The Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, 28(1), 77–83.Google Scholar
  29. Hodges, E. L., Cochrane, C. E., & Brewerton, T. D. (1998). Family Characteristics of Binge-Eating Disorder Patients. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 23(2), 145–151.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  30. Holbrook, T. (2000). Walking in the Woods. In A. E. Andersen, L. Cohn, & T. Holbrook (Eds.), Making Weight: Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape & Appearance (pp. 117–134). Carlsbad, CA: Gürze Books.Google Scholar
  31. Keller, C., & Siegrist, M. (2015). Does Personality Influence Eating Styles and Food Choices? Direct and Indirect Effects. Appetite, 84(1), 128–138.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  32. Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E., & Guidinger, C. (2018). Men Who Engage in Both Subjective and Objective Binge Eating Have the Highest Psychological and Medical Comorbidities. Eating Behaviors, 30, 115–119.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Kimmel, M. S., & Messner, M. A. (2010). Men’s Lives. Cambridge: Pearson Publishing.Google Scholar
  34. Knight, R., Shoveller, J. A., Oliffe, J. L., Gilbert, M., Frank, B., & Ogilvie, G. (2012). Masculinities, ‘Guy Talk’ and ‘Manning Up’: A Discourse Analysis of How Young Men Talk About Sexual Health. Sociology of Health & Illness, 34(8), 1246–1261.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Kohl, J. (2009). Skeletal Marriage. San Jose, CA: CreateSpace.Google Scholar
  36. Lavender, J. M., & Anderson, D. A. (2010). Contribution of Emotion Regulation Difficulties to Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction in College Men. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43(4), 352–357.Google Scholar
  37. Lupton, D. (1996). Food, the Body and the Self. London: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  38. MacSween, M. (1993). Anorexic Bodies: A Feminist and Sociological Perspective on Anorexia Nervosa. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  39. Murray, S. B., Rieger, E., Karlov, L., & Touyz, S. W. (2013). Masculinity and Femininity in the Divergence of Male Body Image Concerns. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(11), 1–8.Google Scholar
  40. Newcombe, M. A., McCarthy, M. B., Cronin, J. M., & McCarthy, S. N. (2012). “Eat Like a Man”. A Social Constructionist Analysis of the Role of Food in Men’s Lives. Appetite, 59(2), 391–398.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. Pollack, W. (1998). Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood. London: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  42. Pollack, W. S., & Shuster, T. (2000). Real Boys’ Voices. New York: Penguin.Google Scholar
  43. Pollert, G. A., Engel, S. G., Schreiber-Gregory, D. N., Crosby, R. D., Cao, L., Wonderlich, S. A., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Mitchell, J. E. (2013). The Role of Eating and Emotion in Binge Eating Disorder and Loss of Control Eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46(3), 233–238.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  44. Prager, M. (2010). Fat Boy Thin Man. Los Gatos, CA: Smashwords.Google Scholar
  45. Proctor, G. (2002). The Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics, Politics and Practice. Monmouth: PCCS Books.Google Scholar
  46. Räisänen, U., & Hunt, K. (2014). The Role of Gendered Constructions of Eating Disorders in Delayed Help-Seeking in Men: A Qualitative Interview Study. BMJ Open, 4(4), 1–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  47. Roth, G. (1982). Feeding the Hungry Heart. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill.Google Scholar
  48. Schwartz, J. P., & Tylka, T. L. (2008). Exploring Entitlement as a Moderator and Mediator of the Relationship between Masculine Gender Role Conflict and Men’s Body Esteem. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 9(2), 67–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Scott, S., & Morgan, D. (1993). Body Matters: Essays on the Sociology of the Body. Hove: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
  50. Seidler, V. J. J. (1997). Man Enough: Embodying Masculinities. London: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  51. Shiner, M., Scourfield, J., Fincham, B., & Langer, S. (2009). When Things Fall Apart: Gender and Suicide across the Life-Course. Social Science & Medicine, 69(5), 738–746.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  52. Tong, L., Shinohara, R., Sugisawa, Y., Tanaka, E., Yato, Y., Yamakawa, N., & Anme, T. (2012). Early Development of Empathy in Toddlers: Effects of Daily Parent-Child Interaction and Home-Rearing Environment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42(10), 2457–2478.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. Whitesel, J. (2014). Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. New York: NYU Press.Google Scholar
  54. Woodside, D. B., Bulik, C. M., Halmi, K. A., Fichter, M. M., Kaplan, A., Berrettini, W. H., Strober, M., Treasure, J., Lilenfeld, L., & Klump, K. (2002). Personality, Perfectionism, and Attitudes toward Eating in Parents of Individuals with Eating Disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 31(3), 290–299.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Delderfield
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BradfordBradfordUK

Personalised recommendations