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Understanding weight gain in female prisoners

Leech, Kate, RODHAM, Karen, BURTON, Amy and HUGHES, Traceyanne (2024) Understanding weight gain in female prisoners. International Journal of Prisoner Health. ISSN 1744-9200 (In Press)

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The purpose of the study was to investigate female prisoners’ perspectives on why they gain weight while in prison.

A qualitative design was used with semi structured interviews with six females currently residing in a prison in the south of England.

Analysis of the data generated three themes relating to the reasons why women gain weight in prison. These were labelled as ‘The only thing you haven't got to ask permission for is your food, it’s just handed to you’, ‘If you've been stripped of the things that make you happy, or that you are addicted to, eating can soothe you’, and ‘prison can make you take better care of your health’.

The results identify perceived reasons why women gain weight in prison uniquely from the female prisoner perspective. The implications of the research identify the need for systemic change throughout different prison departments to enable women to maintain a healthy weight during their custodial sentence.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 22 May 2024 14:46
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 04:30

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