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Body Perceptions and Health Behaviors in an Online Bodybuilding Community

Overview of attention for article published in Qualitative Health Research, May 2012
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (81st percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (72nd percentile)

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Title
Body Perceptions and Health Behaviors in an Online Bodybuilding Community
Published in
Qualitative Health Research, May 2012
DOI 10.1177/1049732312443425
Pubmed ID
Authors

Aaron C. T. Smith, Bob Stewart

Abstract

In this article we explore the social constructions, body perceptions, and health experiences of a serious recreational and competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter community. Data were obtained from a discussion forum appearing within an online community dedicated to muscular development. Forum postings for a period of 36 months were transposed to QSR NVivo, in which a narrative-based analytical method employing Gee's coding approach was employed. We used a priori codes based on Bourdieu's multipronged conceptual categories of social field, habitus, and capital accumulation as a theoretical frame. Our results expose an extreme social reality held by a devoted muscle-building community with a fanatical obsession with muscular hypertrophy and any accouterment helpful in its acquisition, from nutrition and supplements to training regimes and anabolic androgenic substances. Few health costs were considered too severe in this muscular meritocracy, where the strong commanded deference and the massive dominated the social field.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 99 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 25%
Student > Master 21 20%
Student > Bachelor 19 18%
Researcher 9 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 5%
Other 19 18%
Unknown 7 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 24 23%
Psychology 15 14%
Sports and Recreations 14 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 7%
Computer Science 6 6%
Other 25 24%
Unknown 15 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 August 2013.
All research outputs
#2,836,266
of 15,180,601 outputs
Outputs from Qualitative Health Research
#315
of 1,406 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#23,280
of 126,770 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Qualitative Health Research
#7
of 25 outputs
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