[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday 23rd of August: Catherine Womack (BSU), Michelle Hsu (USYD), Claudia Harper (USYD) & Amanda Salis (USYD)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Sun Aug 21 08:36:59 AEST 2016

The weight of words: qualitative investigation on dieting, self and relationships

Catherine Womack, Department of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater MA
Michelle Hsu, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney
Claudia Harper, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney
Amanda Salis, Associate Professor of Biology, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney

Date: Tuesday, 23rd of August
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 107, Macquarie University

ABSTRACT: What happens when a philosopher joins a quantitative comparative diet study to do qualitative work?  Lots of questions about the social nature of identity, the moral status of food, and the unpredictable trajectories of behavior change. In this talk, we will discuss themes emerging from a qualitative pilot study of participants on a very-low-energy diet (VLED), part of the TEMPO quantitative diet trial at the University of Sydney, run by Amanda Salis of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders.  We are analyzing data from the pilot study to develop a comparative qualitative investigation between VLED and moderate calorie-restricted cohorts and will present some of our findings.  Moving forward, we are particularly interested in transition points-the transition from active dieting to maintenance and the transition from frequent mandatory clinical and support meetings to optional support and infrequent clinical meetings.  How participants accommodate shifts in food intake and body image and new norms or obligations in social eating over time requires deep inquiry to elicit views on self, social affiliation, and what behavior change means from the inside.  We welcome input, suggestions, cautionary comments, etc.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

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