Older and Younger Women’s Experiences of Commercial Weight Loss

  • Debra Gimlin


In light of the UK’s rising rates of obesity and public concerns about their implications for the nation’s health and medical resources, it is not surprising that the weight-loss market is growing, with its estimated value predicted to reach £11.2 billion by 2007 (Truby et al., 2006). Commercial weight-management groups, including Weight Watchers, Rosemary Conley’s Eat Yourself Slim, Slimming World and many others, account for a large segment of the marketplace. As the sector leader in the UK, Weight Watchers takes in approximately £1 million each week from members’ fees alone, in addition to its profitable business of selling various diet accessories, such as snack foods, recipe books, CDs and calorie-counting calculators (BBC News Online, 15 January 2002).


Body Image Eating Disorder Body Dissatisfaction Weight Management Young Respondent 
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