Journal article

Gender relations, prostate cancer and diet: Re-inscribing hetero-normative food practices

Lawrence William Mroz, Gwen E Chapman, John L Oliffe, Joan L Bottorff



Although diet might be a valuable adjunct to prostate cancer care, men typically have poorer diets than women and are less likely to change the way they eat after a cancer diagnosis. Gender theory suggests that dominant ideals of masculinity shape men's health and food practices; however, the role of female partners in men's diets is poorly understood. Through qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews, this article explores accounts of 14 Canadian couples' food practices guided by a gender relations framework to expose how tacit performances of masculinity and femininity interact to shape the diets of men with prostate cancer. Findings show that many men became more interested and involved..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the study participants for giving so freely of their time and Deborah McPhail for her input on food and femininity. L. Mroz received funding from: the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training program (PORT - Canadian Institutes for Health Research); the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital; the University of British Columbia Humanities and Social Sciences grant; and a Prostate Cancer Foundation BC scholarship. Career support for J. Oliffe provided by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award.