Segregated groups

Discussion in 'Slimming World' started by kikaroo, 5 February 2014.

  1. kikaroo

    kikaroo Well-Known Member

    I've just been watching the regional news and one of the stories covered was about how many people are overweight and how men are more likely to be chronically obese than women. It told of a weight watchers group in Bristol (I think it was Bristol, I was only half listening) which caters exclusively to men. The men interviewed, some of which had been referred to ww by their gp spoke about how they felt more comfortable knowing that women wouldn't be in attendance and didn't have to endure discussions about women's dress sizes etc.

    It got me thinking about SW and my group - the only man I've ever seen there weighs and leaves before image therapy. Is weight loss really that much of a taboo to men? Would the male population on here feel more comfortable attending group if it wasn't so dominated by women? Do you think segregated groups like this are a good idea.
  2. RM07

    RM07 Well-Known Member

    I guess it's different for everyone... some men will like being in a predominantly female environment, some men won't and some would really struggle to go to a group either way. It's probably the same reasoning behind gyms like Curves so if there is a need there then why not?
  3. kikaroo

    kikaroo Well-Known Member

    Yeah I don't disagree - female only gyms crossed my mind as well. I guess I didn't really have a point to make about it, it just piqued my interest and wondered if it might catch on elsewhere.
  4. Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays Well-Known Member

    Hmmmmmmmm interesting, I think it's because it's more acceptable for women to be constantly dieting & it's not acceptable(?) for men to want to lose weight, I suppose now it's going to have to get acceptable. We have about 4 of blokes in our group and they stay for image therapy.

    On a different note, I've been watching 'Weight of a Nation' it was on Sky and has just finished, but it was really interesting, it was about obesity in America & they are looking at cause & effect of weight gain, and what is shocking is 1/3 of Americans are obese & 1/3 are overweight:eek:
  5. Clareel

    Clareel Well-Known Member

    According to this (Men) there are 75 male consultants and 8 male only groups. Whilst not loads it must be suited to some?

  6. kikaroo

    kikaroo Well-Known Member

    I didn't know SW had male only groups too. I think it's a great idea if that's whats holding men back from joining weight loss groups. I know I only feel comfortable in a female only gym - I guess it works both ways
  7. kikaroo

    kikaroo Well-Known Member

    That is shocking!!! I knew it was bad over there but I didn't realise it was that bad!
  8. ariescat

    ariescat Well-Known Member

    My consultant used to do a men's only group, and it was really well attended, but she no longer does it (I don't know if numbers dropped, or there were a lot of women wanting to attend in that time slot)
  9. Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays Well-Known Member

    It is shocking, the series was amazing, such an eye opener in such that I learnt more about the massive, no pun intended, obesity problem they have. If you have Sky On Demand, its worth watching. There was a girl in her twenties who said she had, had high blood pressure since she was 11:eek:
  10. Berryred

    Berryred Well-Known Member

    When my husband is home he follows sw but would refuse point blank to go to a group! When I last followed sw he was worried one of the girls might know as he had similar launched to her (she was also on as!) So he just blamed me for makin lunches! Like to add I never make his lunch as I work from home an not that prepared lol! It's quiet nice he is away atm because I'm not getting are you sure you can eat that blah blah
  11. Gwella

    Gwella Well-Known Member

    We have just 3-4 male members in our very large group. Two of them joined with their wives, one of them brings his civil partner (non-member) for support. On the whole I think they get a lot of fuss made of them by all the women and are very much part of the group. Our consultant's husband also comes every week to help out.

    Probably a lot of men would be more comfortable with first joining a male-only group though. If it was advertised as such, men wouldn't immediately (perhaps subconsciously) pass over it and think 'nah that's not for me' and it might also help them get over any denial about their weight which I think a lot of men may feel as there's not the culture of talking about it all the time that women have.

    I did hear that a lot of men choose to exercise rather than diet, but I'm not sure that's really true cos over half of the people in my gym are women too, and more men are overweight than women. Maybe there is something about a 'rigid' plan or the group support element that doesn't appeal to some men.

    All just speculation really but it's interesting!
  12. Browsie

    Browsie Well-Known Member

    To be fair I don't think I would feel comfortable discussing my weight 'issues' in a room full of men so I don't see why it would be any different for a man in a room full of women. Especially when * week is mentioned!
  13. bmthsue

    bmthsue Well-Known Member

    We only have a couple of fellas stay to image therapy in our group and they both sit at the back. I always feel for them when * week is mentioned, but that's probably because I wouldn't discuss something so personal in a public forum myself! BTW, I'm not knocking ladies who do mention it though, as it's great that they feel comfortable enough in group.
  14. RM07

    RM07 Well-Known Member

    I cringe when people mention their 'star week'!
  15. hel8

    hel8 I'm just looking!

    My C is male so don't tend to mention star week.
  16. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    I think it's a great idea and would actively encourage it if it meant more men felt comfortable enough to go and seek help and advice about their diet.
  17. lardylady

    lardylady Well-Known Member

    I used to cringe at the euphemism, not the fact that they were talking about it!
  18. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    I've heard it being called many things before, but never 'star week' until I went onto this forum. I have no idea where the hell it came from!!

    A star is an object in the night sky that you like to see - a period most definitely isn't!! (We seem to have gone off on a bit of a tangent here from the thread).....
    Last edited: 8 February 2014
  19. jaylou

    jaylou Well-Known Member

    It's because on the old paper records consultants used to put a star (asterisk) next to the gain/maintain etc,now there is an asterisk on the PDA.
  20. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    I see, this all makes sense now. It truly is a SW euphemism. Thanks for clearing that up.

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