‘Machobesity’: Is your masculinity stopping you from losing weight?

Official figures show that men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women and more likely to carry weight around the stomach, which can be dangerous for health.

Machobesity Report

If you're a man who struggles with his weight (or you know a guy who does!), read our new online booklet The Machobesity Report: is your masculinity stopping you from losing weight?' 

New research from Slimming World suggests that many men see eating big portions of high-fat foods and binge drinking as ‘masculine’ and seeking help to manage weight as ‘feminine’, which could be a key factor in why men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women. 

Our new booklet presents the evidence for how commercial weight management programmes like Slimming World can be effective for men and shows that while many men may prefer the idea of losing weight through physical activity, for those who struggle with their size it can often be difficult to get started.

The booklet – which contains the stories of men who have lost weight and now live fit and active lives – also reveals the benefits that men see from losing weight with Slimming World, including health, fitness, body image and even an improved sex life!

Use the hashtag #SlimLikeAMan on Twitter and Instagram to share or see real life experiences of men losing weight.


These men all joined Slimming World to help them lose weight


Think you can't eat 'masculine' meals at Slimming World? Think again!


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You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.

What you get with group membership

  • A friendly, understanding Consultant – who’s been a member themselves
  • Image Therapy – the heart of a Slimming World group – giving you unique help, support and encouragement when you need it most
  • Loads of praise and celebrations for each weight loss milestone you achieve
  • Warmth, friendship, laughter, sharing ideas, recipes, inspirational stories and much, much more
  • Free access to dozens of online features and tools to support you between groups
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What you get with online-only membership

  • Weekly online support and motivating e-mails based on your personal progress
  • Access to motivational support tools, insightful features and special strategies to help you in the weeks ahead
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